updated 9:23 AM EDT, Wed March 12, 2014videoCNN)
-- There are many ways to measure 30 years, but for Glenn Ford, the yardstick is simple.
"My sons -- when I left
-- was babies. Now they grown men with babies," he said, speaking as a
free man for the first time in nearly three decades.
longest-serving death row prisoner, walked free Tuesday after spending
nearly 30 years behind bars for a murder he did not commit.
"My mind's going all
kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford, 64, told reporters
outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to CNN
One reporter asked whether he harbors any resentment.
"Yeah, because I was
locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do," said Ford, who
wore a denim shirt, a hat and dark-rimmed glasses.
"Thirty years of my life, if not all of it," he said, WAFB reported. "I can't go back."
According to the Capital
Post Conviction Project of Louisiana, a judge ordered that Ford be freed
Monday after prosecutors petitioned the court to release him.
corroborated what Ford had said all along: that he was not present at
nor involved in the November 5, 1983, slaying of Isadore Rozeman, the
"We are very pleased to
see Glenn Ford finally exonerated, and we are particularly grateful that
the prosecution and the court moved ahead so decisively to set Mr. Ford
free," said Gary Clements and Aaron Novod, Ford's attorneys.
They have argued his trial was compromised by the unconstitutional suppression of evidence and by inexperienced counsel.
Ford had been on death row since 1984, making him one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States.
"After 30 years,
Louisiana's longest-serving death row prisoner will get his freedom
soon," Amnesty International USA senior campaigner Thenjiwe Tameika
McHarris said in a statement shortly before his release.
"Glenn Ford is living
proof of just how flawed our justice system truly is. We are moved that
Mr. Ford, an African-American man convicted by an all-white jury, will
be able to leave death row a survivor."