Appeals Court Reinstates Missouri Man's Murder Conviction

1 decade 2 weeks 6 days ago September 06, 2006 Sep 6, 2006 Wednesday, September 06 2006 Wednesday, September 06, 2006 1:16:38 PM CDT in News
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ST. LOUIS - A federal appeals court has reinstated the 1996 murder conviction of Dale Helmig, who is jailed for killing his mother. Helmig's case is the subject of a documentary film that raised questions about his guilt. A federal magistrate judge reversed Helmig's conviction in September 2005, ruling that a Missouri highway map provided to jurors during their deliberations could have influenced their guilty verdict. Yesterday, a three-judge panel of the Eighth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled that providing the map was "inappropriate," but that it was not essential for the conviction. Prosecutors say Helmig killed his 55-year-old mother, Norma, in 1993 because of a fight over a $200 telephone bill. Her body was discovered three days later in the Osage River.

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