John Kelly DeSantis
Houma Courier-Thibodaux Daily Comet correspondent
One day after a New Orleans judge ordered an end to three decades of incarceration advocates say was based on a lie, Sherman Singleton emerged from the Louisiana State Police barracks in Baton Rouge on Thursday afternoon, reveling in the hugs and warm wishes from family members and friends.
Singleton, 53, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1991 in connection with the shooting death of a New Orleans man, Bruce Vappie. Correspondence and court papers allege Singleton’s arrest was based on false statements from a disgraced former New Orleans cop who is now on federal death row for murder and civil rights violations.