Fire expert expected to testify at hearing in Willingham execution review

Cameron Todd Willingham

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Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for the arson deaths of his three young children.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 11, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 11 at 12:06 PM

AUSTIN — A fire expert whose report on a death penalty case raised concerns that Texas may have executed an innocent man is expected to testify before state lawmakers.

Craig Beyler of Baltimore is on the witness list for Monday's meeting of the state House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee at the Capitol.

Beyler's 2009 report on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham said fire science does not support the original finding of arson in the deaths of Willingham's three young children.

That report led some to conclude Willingham was wrongly executed in 2004.

Willingham maintained his innocence, even from the death chamber. A state fire marshal, who also is deceased, and a local fire investigator ruled it was arson.

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