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NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) -- A man who has served 26 years in prison for a 1987 murder in Kentucky will have a hearing to argue for DNA testing on evidence that he believes will clear him of the crime.
Campbell Circuit Court Judge Fred Stine on Friday scheduled arguments on May 24 in the motion by William "Ricky" Virgil, who was convicted in the death of Retha Welch.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Virgil's attorney wants DNA tests done on semen and a cigarette butt recovered from the crime scene, as well as unidentified hairs and small spots found on Welch's body and clothes.
Welch, a 54-year-old Christian minister and psychiatric nurse, was found in her Newport apartment stabbed repeatedly and beaten. Virgil, who lived in Cincinnati at the time, admitted he knew Welch, but denied killing her.