Ext Cab Rear door latch

I have a 2001 Dodge ext cab, and the drivers side rear door, lower latch is STUCK, I have the interior panel off and have disconnected the
alum rod, and even taken the nuts off of the bolts of the latch assembly, I have no idea where to go from here, I cannot get it to release so I can open the door and replace the latch,,Please help
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