Release ordered for Louisiana death row inmate

By By The Associated Press

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.