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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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Filipina saved from death row in Kuwait returns home after 10-year detention

June 22, 2015: A Filipina who was saved from the death penalty in Kuwait is set to arrive in the Philippines in the afternoon after being detained there for 10 years, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Marilou Ranario, who worked as a domestic helper in Kuwait was arrested and sentenced to death by a Kuwaiti Court in 2005 for killing her employer.

In a news release, the DFA said after learning of the Filipina's case, it “crafted a legal strategy to ensure the protection of her rights throughout the legal process.”

The death sentence on the Filipina was commuted to life imprisonment in 2007, and to 10 years imprisonment in 2009, the DFA said.

“We are very happy that she will go home and be reunited with her family. We wish she could start anew,” said Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa in the news release.

Villa said the embassy continues to regularly visit Filipino detainees at the Kuwait Central Prison and provide legal assistance to secure their pardon or commutation of sentence and eventual release from prison. 

Source: gmanetwork.com, June 22, 2015

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