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Gage County to appeal ruling favoring insurance provider

November 7, 2018

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Gage County officials have decided to appeal a judge’s ruling last week that an insurance provider doesn’t have to pay the county’s legal debt for the wrongful conviction of six people in a 1985 rape and murder.

Beatrice radio station KWBE reports that county supervisors made the decision Wednesday after meeting with attorneys.

Last Thursday, a Lancaster County judge ruled that the county’s liability policies purchased in 1989 do not cover its mishandling of the so-called Beatrice Six case.

Gage County faces a $28.1 million federal judgment after it lost a lawsuit filed by six people who were wrongfully convicted and served a combined 75 years in prison for the murder of 68-year-old Helen Wilson. The six were exonerated in 2008 through DNA testing.

The policies in question were purchased through Employer’s Mutual Casualty.

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Information from: KWBE-AM.

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