The trial over lawsuits filed by two people wrongly convicted in the 1985 killing of a Beatrice woman has ended Thursday in Gage County District Court.
Ada Taylor and James Dean sued the state for $500,000 each, saying they were wrongfully convicted in the rape and murder of Helen Wilson in 1985. Four others were also convicted. The so-called 'Beatrice Six' were pardoned in 2009 after DNA evidence exonerated them.
The judge awarded $500,000 to Taylor and $300,000 to Dean.
Attorneys for Taylor and Dean say they falsely confessed to the killing. Attorneys for the state say the law excludes those who are convicted, or help convict others, through perjury.
Attorney General Jon Bruning says the state is planning on appealing the ruling. "Mr. Dean and Ms. Taylor provided false testimony that led to the conviction of an innocent man," said Bruning.
"We continue to believe the Nebraska Legislature did not intend to provide recovery to those who commit perjury under the Wrongful Conviction and Imprisonment Act. We will appeal this decision."