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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…

Ohio governor rejects mercy for pregnant woman's killer

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Ohio Death Chamber
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is refusing to spare a condemned killer who raped and stabbed to death a pregnant woman and is sentenced to die by a lethal injection process never used in the United States.

Gov. John Kasich's decision comes in the case of death row inmate Dennis McGuire, scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1989 killing of Joy Stewart in Preble County in western Ohio.

The governor's announcement Tuesday did not explain his reasoning, as is customary when he denies mercy in death penalty cases.

Kasich followed a ruling last month of the Ohio Parole Board, which rejected arguments from McGuire's attorneys that he suffered a chaotic and abusive childhood.

McGuire faces execution by a combination of two drugs untried in the U.S.

The drugs were chosen because of a shortage of other lethal injection drugs.
 
Source: Associated Press, January 7, 2014

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