Ford, who was 34 with two young children and one on the way at the time, was sentenced to death after being found guilty by an all-white jury.
After his wrongful conviction, Ford spent 30 years on death row in a tiny room, becoming one of the longest serving prisoners on death row in US history, until new evidence cleared his name in 2014.
Only 15 months after finally being released Ford passed away from lung cancer that had allegedly gone untreated in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
His prosecutor Marty Stroud has released a stirring video apologising to Ford and his family, admitting that had the evidence available now come to light during the investigation, Ford would not have even been arrested.
Stroud, now a defence attorney, is clearly, still, quite affected by the fact he put an innocent man on death row.
Ford’s wrongful conviction against the state of Louisiana case is still ongoing.