Lawsuit trial begins in 1985 Beatrice slaying case

Jan 7, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An attorney for one of the six people wrongly convicted of the 1985 slaying of a Beatrice woman says the officials responsible have yet to take responsibility for the injustice.

Attorney Maren Chaloupka said Monday as the U.S. District Court civil trial got underway in Lincoln that the defendants in a lawsuit "haven't accepted one bit of responsibility."

Chaloupka represents Debra Shelden, who was one of the six who spent a combined 77 years in custody before DNA testing exonerated them in 2008. The tests pointed authorities to a man who died in 1992.

The six sued Gage County and various law enforcement officials, saying officials fabricated evidence and coerced the six to get convictions. The lawsuits were consolidated for a single trial.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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