'Angola Three' prisoner indicted in prison guard murder

'Angola Three' prisoner indicted in prison guard murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - A West Feliciana Parish grand jury returns a new murder indictment against inmate Albert Woodfox, one of the prisoners known as the "Angola Three."

In a news release, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says, "Two juries have found that Woodfox undeniably planned and carried out the murder of Officer Miller with other inmates in 1972."

This is the third time Woodfox has been indicted in the murder of Angola Corrections Officer Brent Miller.

His conviction had been overturned by a Federal district judge who found the grand jury selection process was tainted by racial discrimination. That decision was upheld by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in November. Earlier this month, the appeals court denied the state's request for a new hearing.

"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," Caldwell said.

Woodfox and two other state prisoners came to be known as the "Angola Three" due to their long stretches in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary.

"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," said George Kendall, the attorney for Woodfox.

Activists have suggested the men were targeted for prosecution in the case because of their political activism in prison.

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