Tuesday 12 November 2019

Death Row inmate freed after 30 years

Glenn Ford, 64, center, walks out of a maximum security prison
Glenn Ford, 64, center, walks out of a maximum security prison
Glenn Ford was freed from death row after 30 years

Nick Allen in Los Angeles

One of America's longest-serving Death Row prisoners has been freed after spending 30 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

Glenn Ford, who is black, had been convicted of murder by an all-white jury in Louisiana and sentenced to execution in the electric chair.

Now aged 64, he emerged from Louisiana State Penitentiary and said: "My mind's going all kinds of directions, but it feels good. My sons, when I left, were babies. Now they are grown men with babies.

"I can't go back. I've been locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do. I can't go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40 – stuff like that."

JEWELLER

Mr Ford was convicted of the murder of Isadore Rozeman (56), a jeweller and watchmaker, who was found shot dead behind the counter of his shop in the city of Shreveport

on November 5, 1983.

No murder weapon was ever found and there were no witnesses to the crime.

Mr Ford, who had worked as a handyman for Mr Rozeman, was tried the following year and convicted of first degree murder. For three decades he maintained his innocence and filed many appeals to no avail.

This week, lawyers presented new evidence, which was not discussed in detail, confirming that he was not even present when Mr Rozeman was killed.

Under Louisiana law, Mr Ford is entitled to a maximum of $330,000 (€237,000) compensation for the time he spent behind bars. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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