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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…

Indonesia: Prosecutors demand death for drug-smuggling Lithuanian

A state prosecutor in North Sumatra has demanded the death penalty for Lithuanian citizen Mindaugas Verikas, who was caught in possession of 3.2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

Prosecutor Nova on Wednesday asked the panel of judges at the Medan District Court to sentence the defendant to death, as the drugs confiscated from him exceeded the five-gram threshold for the death penalty as stipulated in Chapter 114 of the 2009 Narcotics Law.

Responding to the prosecution, Indra Cahya, presiding over the panel of judges, asked the team of state prosecutors to separate the defendant from other detainees at Tanjung Gusta Prison in the city.

“Since the defendant could face the death penalty, he should be separated from other inmates in the prison,” he said.

Mindaugas was arrested attempting to bring in the illegal drugs to Indonesia through Kuala Namu International Airport on Dec. 14 last year.

Source: The Jakarta Post, Apriadi Gunawan, June 17, 2015

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