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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.
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Indonesian on trial for adultery escapes death penalty in Saudi Arabia

Lilik binti Mas’oud, an Indonesian citizen on trial for adultery in Saudi Arabia, has escaped the death sentence after being found innocent. 

She was repatriated on Sunday.

“The Indonesian citizen has been handed over to her family in Banyuwangi, East Java, after she escaped being sentenced to death by stoning in Jeddah,” kompas.com quoted the director of Indonesian citizens’ protection at the Foreign Ministry, Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, as saying on Monday.

Lilik and her Bangladeshi husband were arrested in Jeddah in 2008 on charges of adultery and plotting with her husband to kill another Indonesian identified as Aisyah. 

During the court hearing, the prosecutor sought death the death penalty for Lilik. 

Her lawyer, hired by the Indonesian government, convinced the panel of judges through credible evidence that Lilik was not involved in the killing.

Source: Jakarta Post, May 25, 2015

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