NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has extended an order blocking the release of Albert Woodfox, the last incarcerated member of a group of Louisiana prisoners known as the Angola Three.
A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox’s release and barred the state from trying him a third time in the 1972 death of a prison guard.
The state appealed, and a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocked his release. That panel extended the order Friday until the state’s appeal plays out.
Woodfox and two other prisoners became known as the Angola Three because of their long stretches in isolation at the penitentiary in Angola and other facilities.