Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:41 pm
Herman Wallace, one of the "Angola 3" inmates who survived more than 40 years of solitary confinement for the killing of a guard, died on Friday, just days after a judge overturned his conviction and ordered him free, saying he had not received a fair trial.
Scott reported earlier this week that the judge ordered a new trial for Wallace because at the time of his original one women were unconstitutionally barred from serving on a grand jury. Scott added:
"Wallace, who became a member of the Black Panther Party while in prison, was serving a 50-year sentence for armed robbery at Angola State Prison in 1972. A riot over poor conditions had broken out, and 23-year-old prison guard Brent Miller was fatally stabbed. Wallace and another Black Panther inmate, Albert Woodfox, were convicted of the murder.
"Earlier this year, Wallace was diagnosed with liver cancer."