Glenn Ford, a Shreveport man on death row for three decades before being exonerated last year, died early Monday at the age of 65, William Most, who was Ford’s attorney on his civil suits and a member of his care team, said in a statement.
Ford had been the longest-serving death row inmate in the U.S. at the time of his release on March 10, 2014, Most said. He was found guilty in 1984 in the 1983 murder of a Shreveport jeweler, but his conviction was vacated after new evidence pointed to a different suspect in the killing.
Ford suffered from Stage 4 lung cancer and said being held in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was psychologically devastating.
After his release, Ford petitioned the state of Louisiana for compensation but was denied. He received only $20 for a bus ride even though he’d been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 year.
Ford, who resided in New Orleans after his release and until his death, is survived by several children and grandchildren living in California. A memorial service at the Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans is being planned, and donations in his memory are being accepted by Resurrection After Exoneration.