The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled six people wrongly convicted in a 1985 murder in southeastern Nebraska can get a new trial in their contention that Gage County officials conspired against them.
An initial trial in their lawsuit ended in a mistrial in January.
The six were convicted in the 1985 murder of Helen Wilson in Beatrice.
DNA testing cleared the six, who came to be known as the Beatrice Six, in 2008, after they had served a combined 77 years in prison.
The lawsuit claims Gage County investigators were reckless in their investigation and wanted simply to close the case. The lawsuit also claimed the county never properly train its investigators.