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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: Schizophrenic Death Row Inmate's Case Back in Court

Scott Panetti
Scott Panetti
A convicted murderer who tried to subpoena Jesus Christ during his 1995 murder trial will be the subject of a federal appeals hearing in an attempt to overturn a federal ruling denying a stay of execution and funding for a mental health expert.

Scott Panetti was convicted of murdering his former wife's in-laws in 1995. He was sentenced to death. But late last year Panetti, who believes the State of Texas wants to kill him for preaching the Gospel, was granted a stay of execution.

Lawyers will attempt to convince a judge to overturn that federal ruling and have his case sent back to a lower court.

During the trial, Panetti also tried to call John F. Kennedy and the Pope to the stand. He wore a cowboy costume and confessed to the murder in the 3rd person under the personality of "Sarge."

A diverse group of people and organizations that include the American Bar Association, former Congressman Ron Paul, Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation and many others have all expressed their support in sparing Panetti from the death penalty.

Source: San Antonio Current, September 23, 2015

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