AUSTIN (AP) — The family of a man convicted and executed for an arson murder, based on what scientists now say was faulty evidence, is asking the Board of Pardons and Paroles to review the case.
Lawyers for Cameron Todd Willingham's stepmother and cousins submitted thousands of pages of documents that they say rebuts all of the evidence presented at Willingham's trial. They are asking the board to issue a posthumous pardon.
State officials are currently reviewing 26 arson cases for possible false convictions based on the same evidence. One wrongfully convicted man has already received a full pardon after officials reviewed largely similar evidence.
Willingham received the death penalty after the state fire marshal testified that the home fire that killed his children was arson. Experts now say the evidence was faulty.