Helmig seeks release while awaiting state’s appeal
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
A central Missouri man whose 1996 murder conviction in his mother’s death was overturned last week hopes to leave prison while the state appeals the decision.
Dale Helmig is serving a life sentence for the 1993 death of Norma Helmig. Her body was found tied to a concrete block in a flood-swollen river in Osage County.
A DeKalb County judge ruled one week ago that Helmig is innocent and was a “victim of manifest injustice.” Attorney General Chris Koster announced Monday his intent to appeal that decision.
At a bond hearing Wednesday afternoon, Helmig’s lawyer plans to ask a judge to release his client on his own recognizance pending a ruling on the state’s appeal.