Death row inmate freed, family of victim looks for answers
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
The man accused of killing Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman 30 years ago is now free, and Rozeman's nephew says Glenn Ford deserves to be released if he is not his uncle's killer.
"My uncle was a gentle and kind man," says Dr. Phillip Rozeman. "If there was somebody else involved that there be justice for that person if it wasn't Glenn Ford."
After spending 30 years on death row for the murder of a Shreveport Jeweler, Ford walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary Tuesday afternoon. "It feels good, it feels real good," Ford said.
His release was ordered by a Caddo Parish District judge, granting a motion requested by Caddo Parish District Attorney Charles Scott.
Scott says that motion was requested based on the discovery of new evidence. The motion states that Ford should not have been arrested for murder, and that "The State now believes that whatever the involvement of Glenn Ford in the robbery or murder of Isadore Rozeman, the new information, if known at the time of the trial, would reasonably have resulted in a different outcome."
During the time of the murder, Ford worked as Rozeman's yardman. Testimony during the indicated that Ford was near the crime scene on the day of the murder. Evidence used to convict Ford included fingerprints and receipts signed by Ford for pawned items determined to be stolen from Rozeman's jewelry store.
Prosecutors are not disclosing what the new "credible evidence" is. While DA Charles Scott says that, while Ford may no longer be linked to the murder, he may still be connected to the robbery that led to Rozeman's death.
"We certainly believe he was complicit in the armed robbery," says Scott.
The new evidence that set the wheels in motion to free Ford was taken to the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office last Fall, according to the DA, who says the investigation into the murder is still underway.