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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…

Singapore court sets Nov 23 date to hear appeal by man sentenced to hang

Kho Jabing
Kho Jabing
The Singapore Court of Appeal has set November 23 to hear an appeal by Sarawakian death row inmate Kho Jabing to have his sentence commuted, according to an anti-death penalty activist.

Ms Kirsten Han, the co-founder of Singapore-based We Believe in Second Chances, told Malay Mail Online that the date was set Nov 6.

"If we are lucky it will get pushed back a bit, but this is the time we have to work with for now," she said in a brief text message.

Jabing who is currently incarcerated in Singapore, was scheduled to hang yesterday but was awarded a temporary reprieve less than 24 hours to his execution after his lawyer filed a criminal motion at the Singaporean Court of Appeal on Wednesday for remittance.

The 31-year-old left for Singapore in 2007 searching for better economic opportunities and was hired as a labourer there.

He was first convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of China national Cao Ruyin, 40.

When amendments to the mandatory death penalty came into force in 2013, however, Jabing was deemed eligible to apply for resentencing; his sentenced was later commuted to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane by the Singapore High Court.

However, a 3-2 decision at the Singapore Court of Appeal last January after the prosecution appealed sent Jabing back on death row.

Source: todayonline.com, November 7, 2015

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