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US Man Freed After Decades on Death Row

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In this frame grab from video provided by WAFB-TV 9, Glenn Ford, 64, talks to the media as he leaves a maximum security prison, March 11, 2014, in Angola, La., after having spent nearly 26 years on death row.
It's the kind of story movies are made of. A U.S. man who spent nearly three decades on death row is now walking free.

Glenn Ford, the longest-serving death row prisoner in the state of Louisiana, was released after new evidence showed he was innocent of the murder that put him behind bars.

A judge in the city of Shreveport ordered the 64-year-old Ford released after prosecutors petitioned the court to set aside his first-degree murder conviction and death sentence.

Ford, a black man, was convicted by an all-white jury in the 1983 murder of Isadore Rozeman, a jeweler in Shreveport.

Ford had done occasional yard work for Rozeman. But Ford's attorneys say the new evidence corroborates his claim that he was not present or involved in Rozeman's death.

Exiting the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Tuesday, Ford said "it feels good" to be free. Asked if he harbors any resentment for his wrongful imprisonment, he said, "Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years. For something I didn't do." He said when he went to prison, his sons were babies. Now, they are grown men, with babies of their own.