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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…

Justice Dept. will seek death penalty for accused Charleston church gunman Dylann Roof

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Federal prosecutors will seek a death sentence for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church last year.

“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”

State prosecutors had already announced their plans to seek the death penalty for Roof. 

While Roof had also been indicted on federal hate crime charges last summer, the Justice Department had not announced a decision about whether to seek a death sentence, causing the federal trial to be delayed multiple times.

An attorney had said that Roof would plead guilty to the federal hate crime charges, but also said he could not advise him until federal authorities decided on the death penalty.

Source: Washington Post, May 24, 2016


Dylann Roof case: Feds to seek death penalty

Federal prosecutors will seek a death sentence for Dylann Roof, the man accused of killing nine parishioners in a Charleston, S.C., church last year.

“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch said in a statement Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”

State prosecutors had already announced their plans to seek the death penalty for Roof. While Roof had also been indicted on federal hate crime charges last summer, the Justice Department had not announced a decision about whether to seek a death sentence, causing the federal trial to be delayed multiple times.

An attorney had said that Roof would plead guilty to the federal hate crime charges, but also said he could not advise him until federal authorities decided on the death penalty.

Source: CNN, May 24, 2016

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