Man whose murder conviction overturned after 28 years says in lawsuit he was ‘framed’

NEWPORT, Ky. (WDRB) – William Virgil, who spent nearly three decades in prison before his murder case was thrown out last year, has filed a wrongful conviction lawsuit against Newport, Ky., Cincinnati and several law enforcement officers who investigated him, claiming he was “framed.”

Campbell Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine threw out Virgil’s conviction and he was released from prison a year ago in large part due to DNA testing that was not available when he was found guilty in the 1987 slaying of Retha Welch, a Veterans Administration nurse in Newport.

But prosecutors have said there is still enough evidence to convict Virgil and a trial has been scheduled for April 24.

Last week, Virgil and his attorneys filed a federal lawsuit in Covington alleging police and prosecutors “manipulated witnesses, fabricated evidence and withheld exculpatory information that would have demonstrated his absolute innocence of this crime.”

The Kentucky Innocence Project has already asked Stine

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