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Executed Arsonist Case Returns To Texas Panel

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Cameron Todd Willingham (credit: AP Photo)

Cameron Todd Willingham (credit: AP Photo)

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AUSTIN (AP) – The disputed case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was convicted of the arson deaths of his three small children and executed, returns to the Texas Forensic Science Commission.

The panel Friday is considering testimony it heard earlier this month from experts who differed on whether the investigation of the 1991 fire in Corsicana was botched. The commission also is to order a report written about the case.

The 36-year-old Willingham was executed in 2004. Death penalty opponents say he could be the first U.S. inmate wrongly executed in modern times.

The lead investigator ruled the fire an arson, and prosecutors said the arsonist was Willingham. Two experts told the commission two weeks ago the original investigation was deficient and the blaze cause should have been listed as undetermined.

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