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Chapter 7: The battle continues

As William “Ricky” Virgil grew old in his prison cell, he never stopped proclaiming his innocence.

He learned to file legal briefs on his own behalf. He sued the Kentucky Department of Corrections. He managed to prove that one of the jailhouse informants who testified against him had lied under oath.

But his case gained no real traction until it was adopted by the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Only then, with lawyer Linda A. Smith and investigator James “Jimmer” Dudley by his side, did Virgil finally make the headway that would lead to new DNA testing and an overturned conviction.

The Enquirer explores the battle waged between the Kentucky Innocence Project and the Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office in Chapter 7 of “Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Retha Welch.”

 

 

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Accused chapter 8: The aftermath

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Bob Young talks about his confession and life after Beth’s murder 37 years ago.
Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt

A lot has changed since Beth was killed in 1978.

Her boyfriend Bob Young has a daughter of his own. Beth’s friends can’t talk about her death without breaking immediately into tears. Her family’s view on Young’s guilt has evolved.

But a few key things haven’t budged. And they could make all the difference in this case.

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Accused chapter 3: The investigation

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Nate Gordon, a polygraph expert of the Vidocq Society, talks about false confessions and how likely they are to occur.
Amanda Rossmann and Amber Hunt

As Bob Young’s attorney noted, of all the evidence introduced in Beth’s murder trial, just one piece implicated his client.

But it was a big one: a confession.

In this episode of “Accused,” The Enquirer details the original investigation outlined in police records and trial transcripts, as well as the single exhibit that has some people in Oxford, Ohio, still convinced decades later that Young got away with murder.

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