Texas parole board denies pardon for executed man

Texas parole board denies pardon for executed man

Cameron Todd Willingham received the death penalty after the state fire marshal testified that the home fire that killed his children was arson.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

AUSTIN — The Innocence Project says the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man executed for killing his three children in a house fire.

A letter from the parole board released last week says the agency has denied a pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, whose case has been cited by wrongful-conviction advocates who argue Texas' death-penalty system is severely flawed.

Willingham was put to death in 2004 for the deaths of his three daughters in a house fire in Corsicana.

Fire investigation experts say the science used to convict Willingham was faulty.

The New York-based Innocence Project, which has argued Willingham's case after his death, says the parole board's decision "illustrates that the clemency system is completely broken in Texas."

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