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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…

Tennessee death row inmate dies of natural causes

A Tennessee inmate who has been on death row since 1983 died of natural causes Monday at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Officials said Walter L. Caruthers was pronounced dead shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Caruthers was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated kidnapping and murdering a female hitchhiker in Knox County.

He was sentenced to death on Feb. 8, 1983.

The Department of Corrections said an autopsy will be performed, as is required for all in custody deaths.

Source: WBIR, January 31, 2017

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