Death row inmate from Shreveport released thanks to new evidence

Published 03/11 2014 07:53PM

Updated 03/11 2014 10:14PM

A death row inmate, who's been locked up for nearly 30 years for the murder of a Shreveport jeweler, is free.

NBC 6 has confirmed that Glenn Ford walked free from Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Tuesday evening around 5:45 p.m.

Ford was convicted of shooting and killing Isadore Rozeman, a Shreveport jeweler, on November 5, 1983. Rozeman was found dead inside his Stoner Avenue home. 

Ford was found guilty of murder by a grand jury and was sentenced to death in 1985.

But according to a motion filed on March 6, 2014, by The Caddo District Attorney’s Office, the state discovered new evidence in the case against Ford in late 2013. At this time, the D.A.'s office isn't releasing details on what the new evidence is. 

The motion states, "Indeed, if the information had been within the knowledge of the State, Glenn Ford might not have even been arrested or indicted for this offense." The D.A.'s office says that evidence suggests Ford wasn't even at the scene of the murder. 

On March 10, 2011, Caddo judge Ramona Emanuel signed an order stating that Glenn ford be released from jail.

Rozeman's nephew, Dr. Phillip Rozeman, spoke to NBC 6 about the new developments in the case.

"If that evidence was available 30 years ago, it might've had an impact on the verdict or on the sentencing, so we understand,” says Rozeman. “And we think the district attorney is acting honorably, and I think this is really a positive reflecting on a criminal justice system that seeks to do the right thing by everyone."

Phillip Rozeman says while he still believes Ford was involved, he hopes the person responsible for pulling the trigger is found.

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