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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…

State question that protects the death penalty in Oklahoma passes overwhelmingly

Oklahoma's death chamber
OKLAHOMA CITY – While many voters were focused on the presidential race, Oklahomans were asked to vote on seven state questions ranging from a tax increase to a change in liquor laws.

On Tuesday evening, we began learning exactly how Oklahomans felt on all of the issues.

State Question 776 would declare that the death penalty is not cruel or unusual punishment. It would also allow the Legislature to designate any method of execution if the current method is deemed unconstitutional.

In 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin halted the execution of Richard Glossip after learning that there was a mix up with the lethal injection drugs.

Since then, all state executions have been put on hold.

An autopsy revealed that Charles Warner was put to death with a drug that is not in our state protocol.

On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly supported the measure.

With 1,345 of 1,956 precincts reporting, the measure passed 67% to 32%.

Source: KFOR-TV, November 8, 2016

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