A January 2008 photo provided by the Innocence Project and released by The Advocate shows Herman Wallace. Wallace, a 71-year-old Louisiana prisoner who spent 41 years in solitary confinement and is now dying of cancer was ordered released Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, by a federal judge who also ordered a new trial. (AP Photo/The Advocate, )
(CNN) — Just days after he was released from a Louisiana prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit, Herman Wallace has died, his legal team said Friday.
Wallace — one of the “Angola 3″ inmates who tried to point out what they said were injustices at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, died Friday morning at age 71 after a fight with liver cancer, his legal team said.
Wallace, who spent decades in solitary confinement after being convicted in the 1974 killing of a prison guard, was released Tuesday after a judge vacated his murder conviction and sentence.
The release came hours after U.S. District Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson in Baton Rouge said that women were systematically excluded from the grand jury that indicted Wallace in the 1972 slaying of guard Brent Miller at the Angola prison.
Wallace, who was serving an armed robbery sentence at the time of Miller’s death, and other witnesses claimed Wallace was in another part of the prison when Miller was killed, his legal team said.