Last Modified: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 6:09 PM
ANGOLA — A Caddo Parish man prepared Tuesday to walk free after spending almost 26 years on death row at Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola.
Glenn Ford, now 64, has been on death row since Aug. 23, 1988, for the 1983 murder of Isadore Rozeman, 56, a Shreveport jeweler and watchmaker for whom he did occasional yard work, state corrections officials said Tuesday. Ford has always denied killing Rozeman.
"We are very pleased to see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford free," Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, attorneys for Ford from the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, said in a statement prior to his release.
A district judge on Monday approved the state's motion to vacate Ford's conviction and sentence based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in Rozeman's death, Ford's attorneys said.
Ford's trial was "profoundly compromised by inexperienced counsel and by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence, including information from an informant, a suppressed police report related to the time of the crime, and evidence of the murder weapon, which implicated the true perpetrator," they said.
Currently, there are 83 men and two women serving death sentences in Louisiana, according to Pam Laborde, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.
Posted By: PQW On: 3/13/2014
Title: here we go with the race card
What does it matter his skin color? You don't think white people go through the same thing? It would not matter if he got arrested by a black cop, tried by a black district attorney in front of a black judge and convicted by an all black jury. It still comes out as "it was because he was black". People wonder why racism is alive and doing well? There ya go.
Posted By: janet paro On: 3/12/2014
Title: O M G>>>
For 26 years this man rotted in a La. prison due to 'suppressed evidence, inexperienced counsel, a suppressed police report and evidence pointing to another"..and the court moved 'decisively' NOW? lemme guess-- back then-- Mr. Ford was black. How do you 'give' 26 years BACK? He was raped by the very system thats 'sorry' now?? aint that against the Law? omg, O M G !