Caddo Parish death row prisoner found innocent, freed after 30yrs
CADDO PARISH, LA (NBC33) — After spending 30 years on Louisiana’s death row for a murder he did not commit, Glenn Ford was ordered to be freed on Monday by a judge in Shreveport after the prosecution had petitioned the court to release him.
Ford has been on death row since 1984, and is one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States.
The State and the Court acted on new information which corroborates what Ford had claimed all along: that he was not present at nor involved in the crime for which he had been convicted and sentenced to death.
According to Ford’s attorneys, his trial was profoundly compromised by inexperienced counsel and by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence at his trial, 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.