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Man who spent decades on Louisiana death row is free

Wednesday - 3/12/2014, 10:30am  ET

ANGOLA, La. (AP) -- A Louisiana man says it "feels good" to be free, after nearly 26 years on death row.

Glenn Ford, who is 64, walked free yesterday, after a judge approved the state's motion to vacate his murder conviction in the death of a jeweler in 1983.

Ford had always denied killing Isadore Rozeman. He had done occasional yard work for the Shreveport man.

A judge voided his conviction and sentence based on new information that corroborated his claim that he wasn't present or involved in Rozeman's death.

Ford had been tried and convicted of first-degree murder in 1984 and sentenced to death.

He told a TV station (WAFB) that he feels some resentment over the time he spent behind bars -- saying he can't now go back and do all of the things he should have been doing in his 30s.

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104-a-07-(Glenn Ford, released prisoner, with reporters Tuesday)-"stuff like that"-Glenn Ford says he's happy to be free, but knows he has lost decades of his life by being in prison for nearly 26 years. COURTESY: WBRZ TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Mar 2014)

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105-a-04-(Glenn Ford, released prisoner, with reporters Tuesday)-"man with babies"-Glenn Ford says he'll never be able to recoup what he lost during his years in prison. COURTESY: WBRZ TV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (12 Mar 2014)

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APPHOTO NY118: 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, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Angola, La., after having spent nearly 26 years on death row. Ford walked free Tuesday evening hours after a judge approved the state's motion to vacate his murder conviction in the 1983 killing of a jeweler. State District Judge Ramona Emanuel on Monday took the step of voiding Ford's conviction and sentence based on new information that corroborated his claim that he was not present or involved in the murder. (AP Photo/WAFB-TV 9) (11 Mar 2014)

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