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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…

Pennsylvania: Man with 74 IQ can't be executed for Philadelphia officer slaying

Pennsylvania's high court says a man convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer can't be executed because he has an IQ of 74.

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling that Edward Bracey's below-average intellectual functioning made him ineligible for the death penalty.

Bracey is serving a life sentence without possibility of parole in the 1991 murder of 21-year-old officer Daniel Boyle.

Boyle's sister, Kathleen Wrigley, is the wife of North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley.

The Pennsylvania court voted 4-1 to uphold Judge M. Teresa Sarmina's January 2014 ruling sparing the 52-year-old Bracey.

The U.S. Supreme Court has barred execution of anyone deemed mentally disabled by a state.

Source: Associated Press, June 20, 2015

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