A Caddo Parish man on
death row has been released from Angola after a Caddo Parish District Judge
signed an order vacating Glenn Ford's first degree murder conviction and death
Ford has spent the
last 30 years on death row for the murder of a Shreveport Jewelry store owner,
who was found shot to death in 1983. Ford's attorney Gary Clements was quick to
praise the prosecution for their efforts in this case.
"New evidence has come up to show he is factually innocent. Evidence the prosecution brought to our attention, and to their credit, helped make this day possible," Clements said.
This new evidence
"supports findings that Ford was neither present at, nor a participant in
the robbery and murder of Isadore Rozeman."
Prosecutors, however, were
unwilling to state what the new evidence is, saying this information could
jeopardize a future case against the actual killer. Clements says three other
men were initially arrested at the same time as Ford, but never went to trial,
while went Ford went to jail.
"They put the wrong person on death row, in fact I know they put the wrong person on death row," said Clements.
Clements says Ford,
who did occasional odd jobs and yard work for Rozeman, has always maintained