NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The last of the Angola Three prisoners is still waiting to hear whether he will walk free after more than four decades in solitary confinement at a Louisiana penitentiary.
A federal judge ruled earlier this week that Albert Woodfox must be released immediately, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stayed his release while deciding whether to accept the state’s appeal.
That stay expires Friday afternoon.
Woodfox spent decades in solitary confinement after the killing of Louisiana State Penitentiary guard Brent Miller in 1972.
Miller’s widow said Thursday that there is no evidence Woodfox killed her husband and he needs to be released.
But Louisiana’s attorney general is insisting on a third trial for Woodfox, calling him “the most dangerous person on the planet.”