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Dale Helmig won’t be retried

The attorney for a man freed after nearly 15 years in prison says he’s confident his client will remain free, despite a prosecutor’s hints that he could someday be charged again.

“There is no hope they could put together a case at this stage,” said Sean O’Brien, an associate professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law who has represented Dale Helmig since 1997.

The Osage County Prosecutor’s Office announced this weekend that it will not retry Helmig, who was convicted in 1996 of murdering his mother, Norma Helmig, and dumping her body in a river near their central Missouri home.

Last year, a judge ruled that there was “no credible evidence” to support Helmig’s conviction and ordered him to be set free. An appeals court affirmed the ruling earlier this year.

The rulings left the door open for Helmig to be tried again, but prosecutor Amanda Grellner said in a written statement that she “decided to dismiss the case at this time.” “This case remains an open and ongoing investigation. Should additional information become available it will be reviewed and analyzed, along with the other information we already have, in making a decision as to whether or not to re-file and retry Dale Helmig,” she wrote. She said she would not comment further on the case.