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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…

No Trial Date or Death Penalty Decision in Dylann Roof Federal Case

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Dylann Roof
There is still no trial date in the federal case against accused Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, and still no decision on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

At a hearing this morning, Judge Richard Gergel heard from both sides of the case on their progress towards trial. 

Prosecutors said their case likely wouldn't be ready before Roof's trial on state charges in July. One reason for the delay is the lack of resolution on the death penalty. 

Roof's attorneys have already indicated his willingness to plead guilty to the federal charges if the death penalty is taken off the table. 

But that decision likely won't come for a few more months as the government says it will forward the case to a committee that will then make a recommendation to the attorney general on whether the death penalty should be sought.

Roof faces 33 federal charges in the June 17th shootings at Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston that left 9 people dead and 3 others wounded. 

Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson has already said she intends to seek the death penalty for Roof on the state charges.

Source: NBC news, December 1, 2015

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