Beatrice 6 Want to Limit Suggestions of Guilt at Trial

Posted 5 months ago

By Associated Press

gavel-more(AP) — Attorneys for six people cleared by DNA evidence in the 1985 killing of a Beatrice woman want a federal judge to limit insinuations of guilt during a civil jury trial.

Attorneys for the so-called Beatrice Six filed a motion Monday asking Judge Richard G. Kopf to limit arguments or suggestions that the plaintiffs were guilty in the rape and death of Helen Wilson. The motion states it would be irrelevant and distracting.

The six — James Dean, Kathleen Gonzalez, Debra Shelden, Ada JoAnn Taylor, Joseph White and Thomas Winslow — were convicted and spent years in prison before being exonerated in 2008. DNA testing implicated another man.

Lawsuits against several Gage County officials have been grouped together. A trial is scheduled for Jan. 6.