Judge hears bid to exonerate West Texas woman

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

FORT STOCKTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a West Texas woman convicted of fatally burning her uncle are taking their argument for exoneration before a judge.

Sonia Cacy has fought 20 years to clear her 1993 conviction in the death-by-fire of Bill Richardson in Fort Stockton.

Her attorneys on Monday plan to present results of new fire science to support their arguments. A state panel and several experts in fire science say the testimony used to convict Cacy was deeply flawed.

Fire investigation experts have spent years trying to change attitudes about arson cases like Cacy's, which they say was based on guesswork instead of science.

Those advances haven't, for the most part, translated into wins in the courtroom.

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