Texas parole board denies pardon for dad convicted of killing kids in house fire

Cameron Todd Willingham

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Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting fire to his Corsicana house and killing his three children.

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Innocence Project says the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man executed for killing his three children in a house fire.
    
A letter from the parole board released last week says the agency has denied a pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, whose case has been cited by wrongful-conviction advocates who argue Texas' death-penalty system is severely flawed.
    
Willingham was put to death in 2004 for the deaths of his three daughters in a house fire in Corsicana.
    
Fire investigation experts say the science used to convict Willingham was faulty.
    
The New York-based Innocence Project, which has argued Willingham's case after his death, says the parole board's decision "illustrates that the clemency system is completely broken in Texas."

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