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Man convicted of murder to get new trial

Posted at 11:53 PM, Dec 18, 2015

NEWPORT, Ky. -- A Cincinnati man imprisoned for a crime he says he didn't commit is getting a second chance after 28 years in prison.

William "Ricky" Virgil was convicted of murder in 1987 in connection with the death of Retha Welch, a jailhouse minister.

But attorneys with the Kentucky Innocence Project said they discovered DNA evidence that clears Virgil of the crime.

On Friday, a judge agreed to throw out the original verdict and retry the case.

Virgil wasn't immediately freed: A court is trying to figure out how much of a risk he may be.

"They asked for a million dollars, so the pretrial services are interviewing Mr. Virgil, trying to find the appropriate, set the appropriate bond," said Jimmer Dudley, with the Kentucky Innocence Project.

Virgil is being called back to court March 13.