ANGOLA, Louisiana (CNN) -- A man who spent 30 years on death row for a murder he says he didn't commit is now free. Glenn Ford walked out of a Louisiana prison Tuesday. He was convicted in 1984 of killing a jeweler but new evidence proved he didn't do it.
Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner walked free Tuesday after spending nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit. Does Glenn Ford harbor any resentment? He said, "Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do."
According to the Capital Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, a judge ordered Ford freed Monday after prosecutors petitioned the court to release him. New information corroborated what ford has maintained for decades, that he was not present at nor involved in the November 1983, slaying of 56-year-old Isadore Rozeman.
His lawyer, Gary Clements, says it's justice delayed but he's happy the day finally arrived. Clements said, "We've been working on this for decades. It will be the first day for Glenn to start a new life."
Ford was on death row since 1984, making him one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States. He said, "Thirty years of my life, if not all of it. I can't go back. My sons, when I left, was babies. Now they grown men with babies."