Helmig Released From Prison

7 years 7 months 1 week ago Tuesday, December 14 2010 Dec 14, 2010 Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:02:17 AM CST December 14, 2010 in News
MAYSVILLE - Dale Helmig walked out of prison a free man Monday evening. Our cameras were there when Helmig, along with his attorney and family members left the Dekalb County Courthouse around 6 p.m. "It's a little overwhelming at the moment," Helmig said. "It feels great.  I never gave up.  We knew one day I would walk out a free man.  Today is that day."

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals agreed to a motion to release him. Helmig's family posted $5,000 bond, which is 10 percent of a $50,000 bond set by the court. He also submitted a signed written promise to appear and agree to conditions set by the Court.

Helmig was a man of few words when asked about his immediate plans. "I don't know there's so many things going through my mind right now," he said. "I just wanna, I'm gonna see my family."

Helmig has been in prison for fourteen years, convicted of murdering his mother in 1993. Last month, a judge in Dekalb County ruled that Helmig could not have committed the crime, and that his trial was unconstitutional.  The judge ordered Helmig released from prison until the state either set a new trial or dropped the charges.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has fought the release.

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