Helmig seeks release while awaiting state’s appeal

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.

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