WEST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A West Feliciana Parish grand jury returned a murder indictment Thursday morning against inmate Albert Woodfox for the 1972 brutal murder of Angola Corrections Officer Brent Miller.
Two juries have found that Woodfox undeniably planned and carried out the murder of Officer Miller with other inmates in 1972. Thursday's grand jury decision is the third time he has been indicted for Miller's murder.
Woodfox was originally convicted in 1973 for the stabbing murder of Officer Miller. Woodfox's 1973 conviction was overturned on grand jury issues. He was re-indicted, re-tried, and unanimously convicted again in 1998. That conviction remains pending after being overturned in Nov. 2014 by the Fifth Circuit on similar grand jury procedural issues.
Attorney General Caldwell said, "The facts of the case remain solid. Despite Woodfox's last ditch efforts to obtain a 'get out of jail free' pass on grand jury selection issues, the proof of his guilt in committing the murder is undeniable."
Prior to arriving at Angola, Albert Woodfox began committing a series of crimes which escalated from minor offenses to violent crimes, including seven armed robberies and five aggravated rapes. After holding a pistol to a deputy's head during a prison transport in order to escape, Woodfox was sent to the Louisiana State Penitentiary on his convictions of armed robbery and aggravated escape. At the time of Officer Miller's murder, Woodfox faced five death penalty sentences for aggravated rape.
"We will continue to fight to ensure that this dangerous man is held fully accountable for his actions," said Caldwell.
Statement from Attorney for Albert Woodfox regarding the indictment in four-decade-old case
"We are extremely disappointed in today's indictment of Albert Woodfox who has maintained his innocence since he was charged 42 years ago. This case has already spanned four decades and cost Louisiana millions of dollars, while Mr. Woodfox has been unjustly held in solitary confinement."
-George Kendall, Attorney for Albert Woodfox
-February 12, 2015