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Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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The fire moved quickly through the house, a one-story wood-frame structure in a working-class neighborhood of Corsicana, in northeast Texas. Flames spread along the walls, bursting through doorways, blistering paint and tiles and furniture. Smoke pressed against the ceiling, then banked downward, seeping into each room and through crevices in the windows, staining the morning sky.
Buffie Barbee, who was eleven years old and lived two houses down, was playing in her back yard when she smelled the smoke. She ran inside and told her mother, Diane, and they hurried up the street; that’s when they saw the smoldering house and Cameron Todd Willingham standing on the front porch, wearing only a pair of jeans, his chest blackened with soot, his hair and eyelids singed. He was screaming, “My babies are burning up!” His children—Karmon and Kameron, who were one-year-old twin girls, and two-year-old Amber—were trapped inside.
Willingham told the Barbees to call the Fire Department, and while Dia…

Prosecutors to lay out case against Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes

James Holmes at initial hearing
CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors will begin laying out their case next week against the man accused of fatally shooting 12 people this summer during a crowded midnight movie premiere in Aurora.

James Holmes faces 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other charges in connection with the July 20 shootings at The Dark Knight Rises premiere that also wounded 58 people.

During a short court hearing Wednesday morning, prosecutors and defense attorneys said they are ready to proceed with a preliminary hearing on the evidence against Holmes starting Monday.

At that hearing, Judge William Sylvester will decide whether there's enough evidence to allow the case against Holmes to proceed.

The weeklong hearing will be the public's first opportunity to hear the prosecution's evidence—photos, videos and witness testimony—and how defense attorneys intended to counter it.

Holmes' attorneys say he is mentally ill, raising the possibility of an insanity defense. Holmes attended Wednesday's hearing but did not speak with anyone.


Source: The Coloradoan, January 2, 2013

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