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Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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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…

Texas Death Row Inmate Gustavo Garcia Moves Closer To Execution

Gustavo Garcia
Gustavo Garcia
HOUSTON (July 18, 2015) Gustavo Garcia, 42, who’s spent more than half his life on death row for the slaying of a suburban Dallas liquor store clerk, has lost a federal court appeal, moving a step closer to execution.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Friday rejected an appeal from Garcia, who was 19 in December 1990 when store clerk Craig Turski, 43, was shot to death with a shotgun during a holdup in Plano.

Authorities tied Garcia to a second slaying a month later, also in Plano.

Attorneys for Garcia contended his two written confessions improperly were admitted into evidence at his trial, that his trial legal help was deficient and that two prospective jurors improperly were excused.

Garcia was one of seven inmates involved in at attempted escape from death row in 1998.

Source: kwtx, July 18, 2015

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