Kids Dead, Dad Wrongfully Executed?

Five years ago, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Texas on criminal charges for allegedly committing arson at his own home in 1991, killing his three children.


Willingham was convicted of murder and then executed in 2004 – but now a nationally recognized fire scientist has alerted the state of Texas that for a household fire, there was not really a reason to accuse Willingham of arson.

If the Texas state commission on forensics comes to the same conclusion – that maybe Willingham should not have died for this case – it will be the first time a state has declared that a prisoner on death row was wrongfully executed.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a report on the case concludes that there was no evidence proving that Willingham set the blaze – leaving the possibility that the deaths of the three children were accidental, and meaning that their father was wrongfully accused and killed on death row.

Much investigation has gone into this criminal case in the last five years – and the state of Texas will have to respond at some point. How likely it is that the state will admit a wrongful execution? To be determined.


One Response to Kids Dead, Dad Wrongfully Executed?

  1. FutureCop says:

    Gary Jacobs — and what do we do with all the murderers then??? A few may be wrongfully executed and I agree that is a horrible thing to have happen. BUT you have to think about what you say — all death penalty statues should be abolished — NOT. Even God had a death penalty statute and NOT for murder.

    What would you do with all the prisoners that are on death row??? Let the out to prey on society again?? This happens far too often. How many times do you read that another person was murdered by someone going thru the revolving door. What’s the first thing thought — WHY was that person let out of prison.

    We have too many in prison that know how to play the game and get out before they should. A life sentence usually means they are in prison an average of 7 years. Very few are in for life — except the federal system — parole is granted too many times too soon.

    We leave them in prison for life without parole — Okay WE pay for them to be there. Means more taxes for us and a free ride for them. They don’t pay for anything in the most part. Even court ordered restitution is almost never paid to the victim or the victim’s family.

    No I’m for the death penalty. I’m sorry this individual may have been wrongfully killed BUT it is not the state that did it. He was investigated, tried and found guilty. This was done on several different levels and all the evidence at that time said he was guilty. He was convicted in a court of law. Most death penalty sentences are automatically appealed. If his was then he would have been convicted a second time. and he could have appealed all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States. Did he and his attorney do this?

    This article does NOT prove anything. It is a possibility. Only at this point.

    By the way, since it was suspected arson, that means the state arson inspectors would be involved. They would have done an arson investigation separate from the murder investigation the police did. Arson investigators are with the fire department.

    I do believe in the death penalty and don’t believe most should be considered for being commuted to life without parole. Again, if this individual was wrongfully executed then it is terrible but I do not believe that all executions should stop just because one is wrong.

    Think about it this way. I have a friend that is totally blind and relies on a guide dog for independence. One of her dogs got out of the house and she caught him with a “come” command. When the dog saw the squirrel again, he again gave chase and this time pulled my friend off her feet. This is not want the dog was trained to do but he did it and she was injured. She decided this dog could not stay with her and found him a good home.
    BUT just because this dog didn’t get the rules of his job, does that mean Cynthia should have the school that trained him shut down forever?? of course not. It is the same for the death penalty. It really does have its place. It is a deterrent to some to prevent them getting into a life of crime.

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