Trial by Fire - Did Texas execute an innocent man?

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…

Pakistan: 4 death row convicts hanged in various cities

LAHORE (Dunya News) – Four death row prisoners were hanged on early Wednesday morning in the jails of Lahore, Bahawalpur, Toba Tek Singh and Dera Ghazi Khan while execution of two convicts was postponed. The dead bodies of the prisoners were handed over to their families.

According to details, death row convict Fayaz was executed in the New Central Jail Bahawalpur. Fayaz was awarded death sentence for killing his would-be son-in-law just before marriage in 1997.

Death row prisoner Qamar Zaman was executed in District Jail Toba Tek Singh. Qamar was awarded death penalty for killing a man named Iqbal in 2001.

Another death row prisoner, Saif, was sent to the gallows in District Jail Dera Ghazi Khan. Saif was guilty of killing two people, including his wife, in the name of honour in 1996.

Another murderer, Munir, was hanged in the Kot Lakhpat Jail Lahore. He was awarded death sentence in 2003 while execution of two other convicts was postponed.

More than 250 death row prisoners have been hanged so far as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a six-year moratorium on death penalty on December 17, 2014 for those convicted for terrorism a day after the deadly attack on Army Public School in Peshawar that left 150 persons including mostly children dead. 

There are more than 8,000 prisoners on death row in the country.

Source: dunyanews.tv, October 21, 2015

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