Helmig Files Federal Suit Against Investigators
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Missouri man who spent nearly 15 years in prison for his mother's murder before a judge freed him is suing Osage County and three law enforcement officers who helped put him behind bars.
Dale Helmig was convicted in 1996 of killing his mother, Norma Helmig, in 1993 near Linn, Mo. Her body was found tied to a concrete block and floating in the Osage River a few days after she disappeared.
Helmig's suit argues his constitutional rights were violated when Osage County Sheriff Carl Fowler and other investigators failed to present evidence favorable to his defense.
The 55-year-old Helmig was freed in November 2010 by a DeKalb County judge who noted there was strong evidence Helmig was innocent. In August, the Osage County prosecutor dismissed the charges.