Della Hasselle

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  • BY DELLA HASSELLE AND JOHN SIMERMAN | dhasselle@theadvocate.com jsimerman@theadvocate.com

Malcolm Alexander sat in the jury box Tuesday morning at 24th Judicial District courtroom smiling and offering quiet words of encouragement to the dozen family members gathered in the gallery to hear District Judge June Berry Darensburg order his release from Angola State Penitentiary.

Darensburg ordered Alexander "immediately released" from custody on Tuesday after 38 years on the basis that he had received "ineffective assistance of counsel" during his 1980 trial for the rape of a Gretna shop owner.

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