- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected to be given Thursday in the second trial of a lawsuit filed against Gage County by people wrongfully convicted in a 1985 rape and slaying.

Both sides wrapped up their cases Wednesday. The six people - James Dean, Kathleen Gonzalez, Debra Shelden, Ada JoAnn Taylor, Joseph White and Thomas Winslow - were wrongly convicted in the killing of Helen Wilson in Beatrice and served a combined 77 years in prison before DNA testing cleared them in 2008. They’ve become known as the Beatrice Six.

Lawyers for them have argued that Gage County investigators labored to close the case despite contradictory evidence. The first trial last year ended in a mistrial.

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