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COPY-Mo. man won't be retried for mother's 1993 slaying

LINN, Mo. (AP) - A central Missouri prosecutor says she won't retry a man who served 14 years of a life sentence for his mother's killing before a judge overturned the conviction.

Fifty-4-year-old Dale Helmig has always maintained his innocence in the death of Norma Helmig, whose body was found in the Osage River in 1993 tied to concrete block. A judge reversed the conviction last year, calling the trial tainted and suggesting the woman's husband was a likely suspect.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/rc8xyG ) Osage County prosecutor Amanda Grellner has decided to dismiss the case against Dale Helmig for now, leaving Helmig a free man.

But the prosecutor also notes that there's no statute of limitations for murder. Grellner says the charges could be refiled if new evidence comes to light.

Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com

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