By The Associated Press

Herbert Alford is photographed at the White Law office, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Okemos, Mich. Charges were dropped against Alford who was accused of a 2011 Lansing murder. The evidence from Hertz was finally obtained in 2018, leading to Alford’s exoneration in Ingham County last year. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal via AP)Nick King/AP

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who spent nearly five years in custody is suing a car rental company for failing to produce in a timely manner a receipt that would have proved his innocence long before he was convicted of a 2011 murder.

The evidence from Hertz was finally obtained in 2018, leading to Herbert Alford’s exoneration in Ingham County last year.

Alford filed a lawsuit against Hertz on Tuesday, although the case will be slowed by the company’s bankruptcy reorganization. He is seeking financial compensation.

Herbert Alford, left, fist bumps attorney Jamie White after learning that a murder charge against him was dropped at the White Law office, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Okemos, Mich. Alford who spent nearly five years in custody is suing a car rental company for failing to produce in a timely manner a receipt that would have proved his innocence long before he was convicted of a 2011 murder. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal via AP)Nick King/AP

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