A Mobile County man who was sentenced to death, then let out of prison, is now back behind bars on a new charge. William Ziegler was arrested Wednesday by the Mobile County Sheriff's Office on a warrant for theft of property.
Ziegler was released three years ago after his conviction was overturned. He spent 15 years in jail, 13 of which were spent on death row. He took a plea deal, which allowed him to be released for time served.
"I took that deal for one reason, and one reason only, and that was to go home, I maintain my innocence to this day," said Ziegler on the day of his release in April 2015.
Ziegler said he didn't kill 19-year-old Allen Baker -- the teen stabbed and nearly decapitated in 2001 and his body dumped near the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile. His family members weren't happy about Ziegler's release.
"He's a menace to our society, he'll be back, he will be back in jail, for somebody else's murder, and for the rest of our lives, we've got to look over shoulders, because there's no telling what he'll do," said Beth Johansen, Baker's aunt.
According the Mobile County Sheriff's Office Ziegler stole a 1967 Chevy Camaro and other equipment from a neighbor. Just like the murder -- deputies tell us he denies the charges against him.
And get this -- according to Captain Paul Burch -- Ziegler was quote "bragging" about his 13 years on death row on his way here to Metro Jail.
He's scheduled to have a bond hearing Friday.
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