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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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Georgia: Execution date set for Kelly Gissendaner

Kelly Gissendaner
Kelly Gissendaner
An execution warrant was signed Friday, setting the execution of Kelly Gissendaner for the week that begins Sept. 29.

According to the warrant signed by Chief Judge Melodie Snell Conner, Gissendaner is to be put to death between noon Sept. 29 and noon Oct. 6 for the 1997 death of her husband Doug Gissendaner.

The Department of Corrections sets the specific time and day the execution will be carried out. Usually, it’s at 7 p.m. one the first day of the seven-day window, which would be Sept. 29.

Gissendaner persuaded her boyfriend to kill her husband. Though she did not carry out the crime, she was convicted of his murder and sentenced to die.

If she is put to death, Gissendaner will be the first woman Georgia has executed since 1945.

Source: AJC.com, Rhonda Cook, September 18, 2015

Related article:
- Georgia's Only Woman On Death Row Sues Over 'Mortal Fear' During Delayed Execution, March 12, 2015. A "botched" execution caused the only woman on Georgia's death row to endure 13 hours of “immense mental anxiety” and "mortal fear" -- and was heinous enough to make a future execution unnecessarily cruel and therefore unconstitutional, the woman's lawyers argue in a new lawsuit against the state.

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