"I told you God could do it:" Ex-wife of death-row inmate reacts - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

"I told you God could do it:" Ex-wife of death-row inmate reacts

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The former wife of Louisiana's longest serving death row inmate will be speaking tonight on CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. This will be the first time she'll be seen since Glenn Ford was released from prison.

Ford walked out of Angola Tuesday for the first time in 30 years. The Caddo Parish man was convicted in the 1983 murder of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman. Ford worked as Rozeman's yardman at the time.

Now, the discovery of new evidence is giving him a fresh start. Tonight, Versie McGee paints the picture of the moment she found out her ex-husband was getting a second chance at freedom.

She said her mind was spinning and that she just wanted to put her hands on his face and tell him, "I told you God could do it."

McGee was pregnant with one of Ford's children and living in their hometown in California when she heard of his arrest.

She says she's always believed in his innocence, and looks forward to him meeting their youngest son.

McGee had hoped to secure her husband's freedom by taking the stand during his trial as a character witness, but says when she arrived at the airport, Ford's attorney told her that it was too late. Her husband had been convicted, and faced the death penalty.

Ford walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary on Tuesday, nearly 25 years after his first degree murder conviction in the death of Shreveport jeweler Isadore Rozeman.

Rozeman was found shot to death inside his Stoner Avenue store on November 5, 1983. Police arrested Ford and three other men in connection with the investigation. Charges were eventually dropped against all but Ford, who had done yard work for Rozeman.

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