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Man convicted for 1987 murder gets new trial

William "Ricky" Virgil (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wood) William "Ricky" Virgil (FOX19 NOW/Dan Wood)
Retha Welch (Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer) Retha Welch (Credit: Cincinnati Enquirer)
CAMPBELL COUNTY, KY (FOX19) -

A man convicted of murder 28 years ago is getting a new trial.

William "Ricky" Virgil, 63, appeared at a hearing Friday afternoon.

In court, his conviction was vacated and a new trial was granted based on new DNA evidence brought forth by the Kentucky Innocence Project.

In 1987, Virgil was convicted of raping and killing 54-year-old Retha Welch. 

Authorities say she was raped, stabbed repeatedly and bludgeoned with a vase.

Virgil was sentenced to 70 years in prison. 

The next pre-trial hearing is set for March of 2017.

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