Herbert Alford spent nearly 5 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted for a murder that he didn’t commit. He was renting a vehicle several miles away from the scene and a simple receipt from Hertz would have proved his innocence, but the company failed to promptly comply.
Alford, who has since been released from prison, was, in fact, renting a car from the Hertz's airport location in Lansing, Michigan. This means that it was physically impossible for him to be the gunman in the murder of 23-year old Michael Adams that happened at a strip mall about 20 minutes away.
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What makes this case crazy is that the crime happened in the year 2011, and Hertz did not provide the receipt until seven years later in 2018.
A representative from the company commented, "While we were unable to find the historic rental record from 2011 when requested in 2015, we continued our good faith efforts to locate it. With advances in data search in the years following, we were able to locate the rental record in 2018 and promptly provided it.”
The charges against Alford were finally dropped in December 2020, and he has since filed a lawsuit against the billion-dollar company.