Tommy Ward

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

An Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals order filed Thursday says Tommy Ward will stay in prison while the court considers the state attorney general’s objection to his release.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Last week, a Pontotoc County District Court judge ordered Tommy Ward be released from prison. The order is the latest in a string of decisions rebuking the convictions of Ward and Karl Fontenot for an infamous 1984 murder documented in two books and a recent Netflix documentary. But now, Ward’s release has been blocked by the state Attorney General’s Office.