ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A ruling to hold or release "Angola 3" inmate Albert Woodfox from the West Feliciana Parish Detention Center could be announced as early as Friday from the US Circuit Court of Appeal.
Woodfox is the last jailed inmate of the three men known as the Angola 3. He was accused of killing an Angola prison guard over 40 years ago. He was convicted of murder twice, but both convictions have since been overturned.
In February, a grand jury re-indicted Woodfox a third time, after which he was sent to West Feliciana Parish to await trial. Federal Judge James Brady on Tuesday ordered Woodfox's immediate release, going a step father to bar any prosecutor from bringing murder charges in this case against Woodfox in the future.
The Office of the Louisiana Attorney General filed an immediate request of a stay, which was granted. Woodfox's attorneys then filed their response, seeking immediate release.
The appellate court's ruling will only determine if Woodfox should be released while the trial appeal is being handled.