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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.
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Pakistan SC acquits death row inmate after 24 years

Peshawar Central Prison
Peshawar Central Prison
The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted a death row inmate in a murder case after at least 24 years over inconclusive evidence.

The top court annulled orders of subordinate courts and ordered immediate release of the inmate named Mazhar Farooq.

The verdict was given by three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa. 

The bench stated in its report that there was contradiction in medical reports and statements of the witnesses.

The prosecution failed to prove the crime, the bench added while saying that even the pistol recovered from the accused did not belong to him.

However, the court cleared that the release was ordered over suspicions regarding evidence presented before the court. 

Farooq was alleged of a murder in Kasur area in 1992 and trial court had sentenced him to death which was upheld by a high court.

Source: Dunya News, November 25, 2016

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