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Exonerated Death Row Inmate Dies

A former Louisiana death row inmate who served 30 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has died.

Glenn Ford past away early Monday morning of cancer in New Orleans. He was 65.

Ford was exonerated last March of robbing and killing a watchmaker in Shreveport in 1983. The state said it uncovered evidence proving he wasn’t at the crime scene. A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, the prosecutor who sent Ford to death row, apologized for the conviction earlier this year.

Ford hadn’t been diagnosed at Angola, the state prison where he was incarcerated, according to NBC News. Various cancers, including lung, brain and bone killed Ford. His medical costs — roughly $2,000 a week — were paid by private donations.

Alison McCrary, a civil rights attorney who volunteered at Resurrection After Exoneration, told NBC that despite Glenn’s circumstances, he was a calm spirit.

“There’s also a peacefulness about Glenn. He had no hatred in his heart. He was really looking forward to the afterlife.”

A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Charbonnet Funeral Home in New Orleans.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Ford’s family.