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2010-12-15MAYSVILLE, MO |  By: AP

Convict Free

54 year old Dale Helming had been serving a life sentence for first-degree murder since 1996 at a Cameron prison in northwest Missouri. A trial judge threw out the conviction, saying Helimg was the victim of injustice, and an appeals court ruled Monday he could be released on bond pending the state's appeal. At a hearing later Monday, a judge set Helmig's bond at $5,000. His elated brother, Richard Helmig, was picking him up at the northwest Missouri courthouse in DeKalb County. The murder charge against Dale Helmig remains in place while the state appeals the reversal. Missouri Attorney General Christ Koster says the $5,000 bond for someone charged with murder is nearly unprecedented.