Mo. appeals court considers Helmig's overturned conviction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A central Missouri man whose murder conviction in the 1993 killing of his mother was overturned returns to court as the state Attorney General appeals the case.

A three-judge panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals heard nearly two hours or arguments in Dale Helmig’s case, which was scheduled to last for less than one hour.

The state is appealing a northwest Missouri judge’s decision to overturn Helmig’s life sentence in the death of his mother Norma, whose body was found tied to a concrete block in an Osage County river.

A circuit judge ruled in November 2010 that prosecutors and law enforcement officers withheld evidence and presented false testimony at Helmig’s trial.

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