Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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.
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Bangladesh: acid-thrower, serial killer sentenced to death

A man has been sentenced to death at Rangpur for throwing acid at a school girl.

Rangpur District and Sessions Judge Manjurul Basid handed maximum penalty to Ariful Islam on Wednesday while his 2 associates Alal Miah and Dulal Hossain got life sentences.

Masuda Akhter was left blinded after the attack on the night of Aug 13, 2012.

She was a 9th-grader who lived in Dakkshin Babukha.

Each convicts have been fined Tk 100,000. The court has ordered the money to be given to the victim.

2 more accused, 'Arefin and Rasel', have been acquitted.

Source: bdnews24.com, April 22, 2015

'Self-confessed' serial killer Rasu Khan gets death penalty for 2008 Shahida Begum murder

The court of Chandpur's Additional District and Sessions Judge Arunav Chakravarty delivered the verdict on the 2008 murder on Wednesday.

Khan has been also fined Tk 50,000, said Additional Public Prosecutor Md Saidul Islam Babul.

In a separate charge, he has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined Tk 10,000.

On Aug 18, 2008, Khan had raped Shahida Begum, who hailed from Khulna, before killing her at Chandpur's Faridganj.

Police had found the body with hands and legs tied.

The then Chandpur Model Police SI Nazrul Islam filed a case accusing unidentified assailants. The final report was given later on since police could not make any headway.

Nearly a year later, on July 20, 2009, Khan was arrested by Faridganj police for theft of a fan from Nirashpur Mosque in Tongi.

Police then started unravelling 1 murder after another and Khan was accused of murder of 11 women.

In a confession before Chandpur's Judicial Magistrate Amirul Islam, Khan described how he executed the murders. He said he started his killing spree after 'failing in love'.

He would charm and lure mostly garment workers and bring them to Chandpur. He raped the women he found attractive before killing them. The others would die straightaway.

The serial killer said in his confession that he targeted to kill 101 women and then spend the rest of his life as an ascetic in a Sylhet shrine.

After Khan admitted to killing Shahida, the case was reopened and proceedings started against him.

The hearing in the 8-year-old case ended last Monday and verdict was given 2 days later.

Additional Public Prosecutor Saidul Islam said, "We are satisfied with the verdict. Serial killer Rasu Khan has got what he deserved getting after a long time."

Noymul Islam, who was assigned as Khan's defence lawyer, said whether proper judgment had been delivered will be decided at the High Court. "This is an initial sentencing."

Source: bdnews24.com, April 22, 2015

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