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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…

Missouri representative files bill to 'optimize' death row

Missouri's death chamber
Missouri's death chamber
New rule would expedite execution process for those without further chance of appeal

State lawmakers will soon discuss House Bill 1647, which would reform Missouri's execution process.

State Rep. Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, said the bill would require the state Supreme Court to perform a review on all pending death row cases within 30 days of it passing.

The bill would also require the court to schedule an execution within 60 days of the review's completion.

Kelley said the bill would both save the state about $30,000 a year per inmate. 

He said it would more effectively carry out the court's decision to impose the death penalty.

"My goal is not to ever execute anyone that's innocent. That's no one's goal," Kelley said. "When you have a person who's admitted they are guilty, once there are no more appeals available, that sentence needs to be carried out."

There are currently 27 inmates facing the death penalty in Missouri.

Source: ABC news, December 11, 2015

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