LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A Nebraska judge has ruled that an insurance provider doesn’t have to cover the legal debt of a Nebraska county that wrongfully convicted six people in a 1985 rape and murder.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Lancaster County District Judge Jodi L. Nelson ruled Thursday that the liability policies Gage County purchased in 1989 do not cover the county’s mishandling of the so-called Beatrice Six case.
Gage County faces a $28.1 million federal judgment after it lost a lawsuit filed by the 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.
The policies in question were purchased through Employer’s Mutual Casualty.