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FILE – In this Jan 26, 2009 file photo, four of the six people known as the Beatrice Six, from left, James Dean, JoAnn Taylor, Thomas Winslow, and Debra Shelden, right, applaud during a reception in Lincoln, Neb. On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, a federal jury has awarded $28.1 million to the Beatrice Six, who were wrongfully convicted in an 1985 rape and slaying in southeast Nebraska. The jury’s verdict against Gage County and several of the officials who carried out the investigation.

More than 30 years ago, 68-year-old Helen Wilson was raped and murdered in the Nebraska town of Beatrice.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at jgreene@alm.com.

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