*You kno Texas has a problem with gettin’ it right when it comes to both convictions, and the justice of them.
First thing I hear on the new this a.m., is that Texas, under the iron-hand of Gov Rick Perry may have executed Cameron Todd Willingham in 2004 wrongfully. (Not again!) It’s a horrifying story of incompetence:
On February 17, 2004, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham. He protested his innocence to the end and his final words were, “I am an innocent man –convicted of a crime I did not do.”
“It needs to come out, not only because Texas may have executed an innocent man, but because the same bogus scientific basis that was used in the Willingham case has put other people in prison that are still there,” said Gary Udashen of the Innocence Project.
Willingham was convicted of murdering his three young daughters: 2-year-old Amber and 1-year-old twins, Karmon and Kameron, two days before Christmas in 1991.
State Fire Marshalls and Corsicana Fire Investigators testified that Willingham set the fire in the family home that killed the girls. They maintained that burn patterns, cracked windows and other signs pointed to arson.
The Texas Forensic Science Commission commissioned a report on the science used in the case. Its author, international arson expert Craig Beyler, was set to testify about his conclusions before the committee.
The report clearly states the fire may not have been arson. It says, “…opinions are nothing more than a collection of personal beliefs that have nothing to do with science based fire investigation. The investigators had poor understandings of fire science and the finding of arson could not be sustained.” The Beyler report suggests the likely cause of the fire was not arson, but an electrical fire.
Last week, two days before that hearing, Governor Rick Perry replaced three members of the commission including its chairman. The new chair put the hearing on indefinite hold. “Those individuals’ terms were up so we replaced them. There is nothing out of the ordinary there,” said Perry at the time of the replacement. Looks a lil shakey, Rick.
Governor Perry did not want an official finding, of a state commission that he appointed the members of, saying that an innocent person had been executed,” said Udashen.
Perry was warned before Willingham was put to death that there were serious questions about the validity of the science used in the case, but allowed the execution to proceed anyway. Well, now it’s came back to bite him in his ass!
The Innocence Project has does not doubt Willingham’s innocence. They are accusing Governor Perry of simply trying to delay the process and escape political embarrassment. Well if this pans out, that will be for naught…coz he will fa sho’ be ‘embarrassed’ now…
“He is not going to stop the truth from coming out though,” said Udashen.
But no matter what the commission eventually finds, nothing will change what the State of Texas has already done.
Killed an innocent man.
Cameron Todd Willingham
(bless his heart- his last meal was three barbequed pork ribs, two orders of onion rings, fried okra, three beef enchiladas with cheese and two slices of lemon creme pie…wow)