Posted: Oct 4, 2013 10:34 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Herman Wallace, a member of the Angola 3 who'd just been released from prison, passed away in his sleep overnight according to Amnesty International and his attorney.
The 71-year-old had been transported to a hospice center after a federal judge overturned his 1974 conviction for killing a prison guard and ordered a new trial.
Wallace had been diagnosed with cancer while still in prison, and was dying of liver failure when he was released.
Wallace was serving an armed robbery sentence when Angola guard Brent Miller was fatally stabbed in 1972. Wallace and two others - known as the Angola 3 - were convicted in Miller's death and moved to isolation at Angola, where Wallace spent 41 years in solitary confinement. He was later moved to Hunt Correctional Facility due to his health.
On Thursday, a grand jury in West Feliciana Parish indicted Wallace again for the guard's murder.
News 2 will have more details starting at noon.