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Mar 11, 2014 6:05 PM by AP

Release ordered for Louisiana death row inmate

ANGOLA, La. (AP) - A state District Court judge has vacated a Caddo Parish man's murder conviction and death sentence and ordered the man's release from Louisiana's maximum security prison at Angola, where he's spent almost 26 years.

Glenn Ford has been on death row since 1988. Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, attorneys for Ford from the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, said in a news release Tuesday that he was expected to be released within hours. Prison officials would not give information on the expected time of Ford's release.

The state's motion to vacate Ford's conviction was based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in the 1983 murder of Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweler and watchmaker for whom he did occasional yard work.

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