ISU students may have helped man wrongly convicted of murder

By Corey Spencer

April 3, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:24 AM CDT

NORMAL, Ill -- A man convicted of murder in the state of Missouri was on the campus of ISU Tuesday, and no, there was no reason for alarm.

The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University welcomed Dale Helmig and his family to campus.

Helmig was wrongly convicted of murdering his mother in 1993. His conviction was reversed in 2010 after the discovery of false evidence in the case.

Helmig spoke to students about the criminal justice system, but was also there to thank them. He says the work by a few ISU undergrads may be the reason he is a free man today.

"The students here put together a documentary about my case," Helmig said. "And that sort of got the ball rolling, which ultimately got me out."

Helmig went on to say say the documentary caught the eye of "America's most wanted," who in turn did a story on the case.

Two ISU alumni who worked on the documentary were honored Tuesday as well.

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