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Friday, January 6, 2017

William Virgil Case Dismissed, 30 Years After He Was First Charged With Murder

William "Ricky" Virgil. Campbell County Detention Center. 
A new trial for William Virgil has been dismissed in Campbell County Court, almost 30 years since he was first charged with the 1987 murder of Retha Welch, a Veterans Administration nurse in Newport.

Judge Julie Ward granted a motion from Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney, Michelle Snodgrass to drop the charges and dismiss the case without prejudice.

"We made a decision based on the status of the case as it now exists," said Snodgrass. "We respect the work of the grand jury and based on what we know it was my obligation to make that motion to the judge."

Virgil's conviction was thrown out and he was released from prison on bond thanks in large part to DNA testing that was not available when he was found guilty.

On April 11, 1987, Welch's body was found in a blood-filled bathtub of her Newport, Ky., apartment. She was reported to have been raped, stabbed repeatedly and bludgeoned with a vase. Her car and several items from her apartment were missing.

Judge Fred Stine overturned Virgil's conviction based on the findings from the Innocence Project, which include: DNA testing showed blood on Virgil's clothes did not belong to Welch and semen in her was not his; hairs found on Welch's clothing did not match Virgil; witnesses' stories no longer held up under scrutiny; and other suspects were ignored.

During the retrial, Virgil's attorneys claimed that prosecutors purposefully destroyed evidence and "fabricated" evidence in the case to "successfully frame Mr. Virgil for murder."

The Innocence Project alleges prosecutors were responsible for destroying a knife in 2005 that had been used as evidence during Virgil’s trial "with full knowledge that forensic testing of the knife could lead to Mr. Virgil's complete exoneration."

Prosecutors asked a judge to order the knife destroyed without Virgil being present or being provided notice that such a request took place, according to the motion. The knife had been linked to another suspect in Welch's death.

Virgil's attorneys also allege that a jailhouse informant who told jurors Virgil confessed to him while the two shared a jail cell had recanted his testimony in a sworn affidavit.

Fort Thomas Matters will have more on this story.


  1. How sad is this?? And how often has this happened to innocent people?

  2. Who were the judge, prosecutor,and witness? It should be revealed, since they wish to wrongfully convict a man. Disgusting. Now who's the real killer, they let get away?

  3. This is the sad cases of the state of Kentucky, and the greater Cincinnati area's. They have been after that so so sovereign racial divide sense their chances of a new reign of kingdom by order of military allies ties took place. The drug raids era, late 70's, early 80's. And if you ain't know, that us their hierarchy, the prosecutor connections ability to persuade the inner circle courtroom family, higher at the fabrications of the term if being of that 70's-80's term to degrade all others, except those whom are affiliated in their family circle of narcotics trade. Their network of affiliates are more negligent than anyone can imagine. How can someone agree on allowing "a chance at becoming of similarities of foreign kingdoms". Only in context of alphabet agencies whom seeks with the vandeta egerness over local chain talk's from club-to-club on interest of total control of the trade era. And duh... Looking over the facts of the case, it was fully with prejudices to fabricate the totality of the trial. THEY STILL AT!!! Then they lurk for a setting of their togetherness so called AND THEN OUR DINNER TIME. Lol.... YEAH WHOLE CHOICE A TABLE AND SEEK A TIME FRAME. Everyone knows what it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!