Former Caddo Parish D.A. responds to Glenn Ford's release

Published 03/12 2014 09:16PM

Updated 03/14 2014 10:59AM

A former caddo district attorney shares his reaction to the unexpected release of death row inmate, Glenn Ford.

Thanks to new information in the murder case of Isadore Rozeman, Ford was set free Tuesday afternoon from the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

After doing time for the 1983 murder of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman, a judge ordered Ford to be released.

Current Caddo D.A. Charles Scott says the state discovered new information in the case that suggests Ford wasn't present or involved in the robbery and murder of Rozeman.

"With that information, our obligation was to dismiss the murder conviction against Glenn Ford," says Scott. "That was our obligation under the law."

Scott isn't discussing what the new information is, because he doesn't want to compromise new arrests.

Larry Houston made four trips to Angola for different armeed robbery offenses, and was actually locked up with ford at the old Caddo Correctional Facility.

"Big Houston," as they called him in jail, says Ford always said he was innocent.

"In our conversations, he always told me that he never did whatever he's supposed to been done," says Houston. "And back then at that time, they didn't really just investigate nothing."

Houston says that's why Ford is free now.

He believes someone either hid significance evidence or just ignored it all together.

But the caddo district attorney at the time, Paul Carmouche, says that's simply not true.

"If people believe the information that I was reading, that there was evidence withheld, purposely withheld by the D.A.'s office, which I don't believe happened, that would put a negative light, but it was never my policy to do that," says Carmouche.

He believes that the system actually worked, since Ford was able to escape death row.


Now that Ford walks a free man, the current D.A. is working to find the actual shooter.

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