A Man Who Spent 5 Years in Prison Sues Hertz for Failing to Produce the Rental Receipt That Proved His Innocence

Herbert Alford, of Detroit, is suing Hertz Corporation for not providing a receipt that would have exonerated him of murder in 2011. The lawsuit alleges that Hertz ignored two subpoenas and three court orders for a receipt from the day that Alford rented a car. The receipt would have proven that he used his credit card at the Hertz location at Lansing Airport at exactly 3 p.m. on Oct. 18, 2011. The murder happened at 2:54 p.m. that day, but the airport is at least a 15-minute drive away, so there's no way Alford could have been at the murder scene. He was convicted of murder in 2016 and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Two years later, Hertz released the records and the conviction was overturned, but Alford was not released from prison until December 2020. He is now seeking monetary compensation for the $100,000 he spent for legal representation and the almost five years he spent behind bars.