NE Legislature Approves Payout to Wrongfully Convicted Man


Darrel Parker

A man who spent nearly 14 years in a Nebraska prison for a murder he did not commit is on pace to receive $500,000 from the state.

Lawmakers gave first-round approval Friday to the payout for Darrel Parker. Parker was wrongfully convicted in the 1955 killing of his wife in their Lincoln home.

A federal appeals court overturned his conviction in 1969, saying his confession was coerced. Parker was paroled, and later received a full pardon after another man confessed to the murder.

Parker filed a lawsuit against the state. Last year, Attorney General Jon Bruning conceded Parker’s innocence and announced that his office would not fight the claim.

The 81-year-old Parker now lives in Moline, Ill.