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    Sep 2014

    KY - Retha Welch, 54, raped & murdered, Newport, 13 April 1987

    In April 1987, Virgil was arrested for the gruesome murder of a Christian minister and Veterans Administration nurse, Retha Welch, who was 54. She was raped, stabbed repeatedly and bludgeoned with a vase. Her body was found in a blood-filled bathtub in her Newport home after she failed to show up for work.

    Virgil, who'd lived in Cincinnati, acknowledged that he and an on-and-off relationship with Welch but insisted he did not kill her. He refused to plead to the killing, Smith said in court records, because he wanted his day in court to prove he was innocent....

    [the Kentucky Innocence Project lawyer states]
    "Completed DNA testing of recently discovered hairs in this case conclusively proves that the Movant (Virgil) did not, in fact, have sex with or rape the victim, Retha Welch, at the time of her murder, nor was his hair on her person or clothing. This most recent testing further supports the previous DNA testing done in the case and is more evidence that William Virgil is an innocent man."

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    Sep 2014
    He squinted in the bright Christmas Eve sunshine, his first taste of freedom since Ronald Reagan was president. William "Ricky" Virgil was freed on bond Thursday after more than 28 years in prison for a murder he steadfastly claimed he never committed. "I really ain't gathered it all in yet," Virgil told The Enquirer as he walked out of the Campbell County jail. "I feel probably like being beamed up."

    Virgil, 63, was released on a $15,000 cash bond after the Kentucky Innocence Project won a motion to gain him a new trial....Virgil will stay at a cabin-like home in Carrollton owned by Calvary Ministries, which helps house ex-convicts. Bimp McAlister, a prison minister who said he'd met Virgil in prison in 1993 and believes in Virgil's innocence, posted the bond.

    "William is looking forward to going fishing," Smith said. "That's what he keeps telling me, 'I can't wait to go fishing.'"...

    A pretrial hearing for Virgil's new murder trial has been set for March.

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