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Man who spent 24 years in prison for arson murder freed

Man who spent 24 years in prison for arson murder freed

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 22 (UPI) --A man convicted of setting a fire that killed his daughter at a Korean Christian camp in upstate New York was released from prison Friday after 24 years.
Frances Burns
Judge orders new trial for man convicted of starting deadly fire in 1982

Judge orders new trial for man convicted of starting deadly fire in 1982

LOWELL, Mass., July 9 (UPI) --A man who has spent more than half his life in prison has won an appeal of his conviction for setting a deadly fire in 1982 in Lowell, Mass.
Frances Burns

Executed Texan's family seeks pardon

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Relatives of a Texas father executed for setting a fire that killed his three young children said Wednesday they are seeking a posthumous pardon.

Defendants not told of bad lab work?

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- Innocent people may have been imprisoned and even executed because prosecutors kept quiet about questionable work at the FBI lab, The Washington Post reports.

Perry playing politics in executions?

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- The 2004 execution of a Texas man found guilty of killing his children in a fire could have been avoided with updated forensic evidence, his cousin claims.
Forensic panel asked to continue probe

Forensic panel asked to continue probe

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A cousin of a man executed in 2004 pleaded Thursday with the Texas Forensic Science Commission to rule on whether the man was betrayed by shoddy science.

D.A. wants judge off execution inquiry

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Prosecutors asked a Texas judge Wednesday to recuse himself from the court of inquiry into whether the state executed an innocent man.

Texas officials defend arson investigation

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Texas Fire Marshal's Office maintains that a man executed for murdering his children deliberately set the fire that killed them.

Texans rally against death penalty

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Anti-execution activists say the state of Texas must end its death penalty practices.

Perry has never granted execution clemency

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has never called off an execution based on a claim of innocence and has only once delayed an execution in such cases, documents indicate.

Perry replaces 4th forensics board member

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has replaced another member of the state board investigating allegations an innocent man was executed.

Texas governor defends disputed execution

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says the 2004 execution of a man for killing his daughters in a house fire was justified despite disputes over evidence of arson.

Man may have been executed for non-arson

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Fire investigators used faulty reasoning and concluded wrongly that a Texas man committed an arson for which he was executed, a state-funded analysis found.

Man's execution challenged in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas, May 3 (UPI) -- A petition has been filed in Austin, Texas, for a re-examination of evidence in a 15-year-old arson to determine if an innocent man was executed.

Report: Executed Texan may be innocent

CORSICANA, Texas, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- A Chicago Tribune investigation indicates a Texas man executed for setting a fire that killed his three daughters may have been innocent.
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Cameron Todd Willingham (January 9, 1968, Carter County, Oklahoma – February 16, 2004, Huntsville Unit, Huntsville, Texas) was convicted of murder and executed for the deaths of his three young children via arson at the family home in Corsicana, Texas.

Willingham's case gained renewed attention in 2009 when an investigative report in The New Yorker, drawing upon arson investigation experts and advances in fire science, purported to demonstrate that, contrary to the claims of the prosecution, there was no evidence that the house fire was intentionally set, and that the State of Texas executed an innocent man.

According to an August 2009 investigative report by an expert hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission, the original claims of arson were not sustainable; the Corsicana Fire Department disputes the findings, stating that the expert's report overlooked several key points in the record. The case has been further complicated by allegations that Governor of Texas Rick Perry has impeded the investigation by replacing four of the nine Commission members in an attempt to change the Commission's findings; Perry denies the charges.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Cameron Todd Willingham."
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