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Innocence Project

George Allen and his mother Lonzetta Taylor speak to reporters on Nov. 14, 2012 after a judge threw out Allen’s 1983 conviction for rape and murder. His family has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit for $14 million.
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

The city of St. Louis and the state of Missouri will pay nearly $14 million to the family of a man wrongfully convicted of the 1982 rape and murder of a St. Louis court reporter.

George Allen died in 2016. His sister Elfrieda and his mother, Lonzetta Taylor, agreed to a settlement in the the federal civil rights lawsuit in December, although the case was not officially dismissed until last week. The first payment of $5 million was due in January.

Free After 30 Years: What Now For George Allen?

Mar 1, 2013
George Allen, center, leaves the Cole County Courthouse in Jefferson City on Nov. 14, 2012 after a judge threw out his 1983 murder conviction.
File photo | Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

George Allen served 30 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Last year,  a judge told Allen that he had been wrongfully convicted and set him free. It’s been several months since Allen left prison, and to some who fought so hard to get him out; his release is bittersweet and not enough.

The crime was brutal. In February 1982, St. Louis court reporter Mary Bell was found dead in her LaSalle neighborhood apartment. She had been raped and stabbed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2012 - A Missouri man who received $4 million in compensation for wrongful imprisonment says Osage County owes Dale Helmig millions of dollars for the 14 years of pain and anguish Helmig suffered in prison.

"Dale hasn't just been victimized by a false incarceration," said Joshua Kezer. "Dale's life has been raped for all intents and purposes. At the very least they need to provide this man with an amount of money to live comfortably for the rest of his life."

George Allen Jr.
Provided by Missouri Department of Corrections

Updated 2:37 p.m. with St. Louis Public Radio story.