Louisiana man set to walk free after nearly three decades on death row

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 11, 2014 6:40 PM

By Kathy Finn

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who has spent nearly three decades on death row was slated to walk free on Tuesday, after prosecutors asked a judge to set aside his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence, citing new evidence in the case.

Glenn Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury in the 1983 robbery and murder of a 56-year-old Shreveport watchmaker, who was found shot to death behind the counter of his jewelry shop.

Acting on new information that exonerated Ford, a judge in Shreveport ordered him released from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, where he has been held on death row since March 1985.

Prison spokeswoman Pam Laborde said shortly before 5 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) that Ford was being processed, but she had not yet received confirmation of his release.

(Editing by Brendan O'Brien and G Crosse)