An Alabama man freed from a Nebraska Prison for alleged wrongful conviction in a murder case, has reached a settlement with the State of Nebraska.
The settlement will pay Joseph Edgar White $500,000, in exchange for dropping a lawsuit against the state.
The settlement was filed in Gage County District Court Thursday, and has been approved by District Judge Daniel Bryan. No more than $50,000 can be approved by a judge, until the Nebraska Legislature approves the settlement and appropriation of the money. Dismissal of White’s legal action must occur within 14 days of the state paying money to him.
As part of the settlement, White foregoes any future claims, demands, defenses or causes of action against the State of Nebraska. State officials also make NO admission of wrongdoing. The settlement does NOT affect legal action White has brought against Gage County, its officials or employees. That lawsuit is pending in U-S District Court.
White was convicted in the murder and rape of Helen Wilson of Beatrice. The crime occurred in 1985. Officials later said modern DNA testing pointed to Bruce Allen Smith of Oklahoma City, who they said committed the murder and rape. Smith died of AIDS in the early 90s, at an Oklahoma City hospital. White and five other defendants were exonerated.