Should Indiana Cop Killer Be Freed From Prison?


The daughter of slain Indianapolis policeman Ronald Manley wants the Indiana Parole Board to keep her father’s killer in prison. Gina Meador addressed the board yesterday; it will decide for a second time this year if Norman Woodford, 50, should be released, the Indianapolis Star reports.

“My dad’s dead and that’s what matters,” Gina Meador said, weeping. “Norman Woodford’s family has suffered, but they don’t know how badly we have suffered. He may be reformed now and he may be a great person now, but my dad was a great person then.”

Woodford’s supporters urged the board to show mercy. Nine people spoke in support of parole, including clergy members, his mother and state Rep. Bill Crawford, D-Indianapolis. As a model prisoner, a college graduate and a licensed barber, supporters said Woodford is no longer a threat.

The board voted 4-0 in February to release Woodford, but Manley’s widow and the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police sued. The day before Woodford was scheduled to walk out of prison, a judge blocked his release.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi and Indianapolis Police Chief Jerry Barker, spoke in favor of keeping Woodford in prison. Says Brizzi: “Norman Woodford made a deal, the death penalty was dismissed in exchange for a life sentence. A deal is a deal. He’s been a model prisoner, so what? You get privileges for being a model prisoner. And don’t we need good role models in prison?”


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