Retha Welch was a God-fearing mother of four children. She was soft-hearted and trusting, her friends said. The 54-year-old Coshocton native had fought to right her life after struggling to overcome addictions to drugs and alcohol, and she was unusually empathetic – so much so that, in her free time, she went to prisons to minister convicts because she reasoned most of them were simply addicts like she was. They just happened to have taken a wrong turn. There but for the grace of God go I.
William “Ricky” Virgil is no longer a convicted killer. But that’s not to say his name is cleared. Virgil, 65, learned in January that Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Michelle Snodgrass won’t re-try him for the 1987 stabbing death of 54-year-old Retha Welch. Virgil has long maintained his innocence, but Snodgrass said her decision doesn’t mean he’s not Welch’s killer. She said she presented evidence in the case to a grand jury, which determined there wasn’t enough there to re-try Virgil.
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.
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Selecting a term
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