St. Louis Public Radio News
10:18 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Koster seeks to keep Helmig jailed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has filed paperwork aimed at keeping Dale Helmig behind bars, at least for now.

Helmig's conviction for the 1993 killing of his mother was
thrown out earlier this month. Monday was the deadline for the
state to challenge the judge's ruling, and the St. Louis
Post-Dispatch reports that Koster filed paperwork just before the
deadline.

Koster has not taken a position on Helmig's guilt, but has said
it is appropriate for an appellate court to review whether Dekalb
County Senior Judge Warren McElwain acted within his jurisdiction
in tossing out the conviction.

Helmig's attorney, Sean O'Brien, also filed paperwork on Monday.

O'Brien is asking the appellate court to release Helmig on bond.

McElwain cited prosecutorial zeal, false evidence and poor
representation in overturning the 1996 conviction.