Panel of experts to consider evidence leading to execution

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by WFAA-TV Staff

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Posted on September 26, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 6:17 PM

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Was an innocent man executed in Texas? On Friday, a state commission will consider a report that says "maybe."

Cameron Todd Willingham was put to death in February 2004 for the deaths of his three young daughters in a fire at their Corsicana home.

Despite the fact that no clear motive was established, investigators accused Willingham of arson.

Now, however, a report from an expert hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission says the evidence against Willingham was wrong.

"If something comes out of his execution that would improve the criminal justice system and keep a tragedy like this from happening in the future, it's a very big deal," said Robert Udashen of the Innocence Project of Texas.

This is only the second investigation the Texas Forensic Science Commission has ever conducted. It won't decide whether or not Willingham was guilty - only whether faulty forensics contributed to his prosecution.

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