Petition signed for release of remaining Angola 3 member

Published: Oct. 21, 2013 at 2:48 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM CDT
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Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox in 2008
Angola 3: Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox in 2008

WEST FELICIANA, LA (WAFB) - One of the Angola 3 will have a petition delivered to the State Capitol in his name Monday morning, a petition for his release.

Anmesty International is holding a news conference at Noon to push for the release of Albert Woodfox. Woodfox is one of the inmates put in solitary confinement after the 1972 murder of an Angola prison guard.

The group will deliver a petition signed by about 20,000 people.

In 2012, the members of Amnesty International delivered 65,000 petition signatures from all over the world asking Governor Bobby Jindal to remove the two remaining imprisoned Angola 3 from isolation; Albert Woodfox and Herman Wallace.

Woodfox and Wallace were serving sentences for armed robbery in 1972 when they were charged and convicted with fatally stabbing a guard at the Angola prison, and moved into solitary confinement.

Robert King spent 29 years in Angola in solitary confinement for being a violent member of the Black Panthers. Robert Hillary King was released after his first conviction was overturned and he pleaded guilty to a lesser conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Angola 3 member Herman Wallace, who was set free October 1, 2013, after decades in solitary confinement, died October 4, 2013.

Wallace suffered from cancer. He was 71 years old. He spent more than 41 years in prison.

US District Chief Judge Brian Jackson overturned his murder conviction on October 1, 2013. The judge also ordered a new trial for and Wallace's immediate release. Wallace was taken to a Hospice center Tuesday night.

The day before his death, 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.

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Woodfox has continued to deny involvement in the killing and said the three of them were targeted because they helped establish a prison chapter of the Black Panther Party.

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