A federal judge has dismissed wrongful-conviction lawsuits four of the Beatrice Six had filed against Gage County authorities.
Federal District Judge Richard Kopf has ruled county authorities didn’t violate the constitutional rights of those wrongfully convicted in the 1985 murder of Helen Wilson. The judge ruled the four willfully entered guilty pleas and authorities had reason to believe they were responsible for Wilson’s murder.
Gage County Board Chairman Rex Adams expresses relief at the ruling.
“And the appeal process may take place. There will still be money to fight the appeal if they go that route,” Adams tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “But, the light at the end of the tunnel did just get brighter.”
The Beatrice Six were pardoned in 2009 after serving a combined 87 years in prison. DNA evidence implicated an Oklahoma man who died in 1992 in the crime.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this report.