In April 1987, Retha Welch was found raped and killed in her Newport apartment. A man she knew was tried and convicted for the crime.
In 2014, the convicted man’s DNA was not among three samples found on the victim’s body. In 2016, after multiple attempts and legal assistance from the Kentucky Innocence Project, William Virgil was released from prison. He had served 28 years.
But he was not declared innocent.
The question of whether Virgil was wrongly convicted or if he was guilty and has walked away from a heinous crime is up for debate.
The Enquirer team that investigated the 1978 death of Miami University student Elizabeth Andes – and that last year produced the award-winning podcast, “Accused” – wanted to know.
Debuting today, “Accused: The Unsolved