NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 71-year-old man who was convicted in the slaying of a prison guard has died less than a week after a judge freed him from the Louisiana prison where he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement.
Herman Wallace's attorneys said he died Friday at a supporter's home in New Orleans. Wallace had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and stopped receiving treatment.
U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson had ordered Wallace released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola on Tuesday after granting him a new trial. Jackson ruled women were unconstitutionally excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the stabbing death of the 23-year-old guard, Brent Miller.
Wallace and two other inmates convicted in the guard's death came to be known as the "Angola 3."