Released 71-year-old Angola 3 Member Indicted Again for 1972 Murder

Article by: Amber Stegall

Angola 3 member Herman J. Wallace spent more than 41 years in prison and was released Tuesday by a federal court order. On Thursday, he was indicted again for the 1972 murder.

The re-indictment means the process starts over. Wallace, 71, has terminal cancer. He spent decades in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary at Angola and another prison.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Chief Judge Brian Jackson overturned the murder conviction of Herman Wallace. Judge Jackson also ordered a new trial for and the immediate release of Wallace.

Wallace was serving a sentence for armed robbery when he was convicted with fatally stabbing a guard at Angola prison. He was then moved into solitary confinement.

Defense attorney George Kendall says Tuesday’s ruling gives Wallace “some measure of justice after a lifetime of injustice.”

On Thursday, a West Feliciana Parish grand jury re-indicted Wallace for the 1972 murder of the prison security guard.

In 2009, Wallace was moved to “closed-cell restriction” at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center and recently was taken to the prison’s hospital unit.

There is no word if a judge will order an immediate arrest for Wallace, but a court date has been set for some time before the end of the year for him to enter a plea.

Wallace was taken to a Hospice center Tuesday night.

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