Cameron Todd Willingham
State of Conviction: Texas
Wrongful Conviction: Arson, murder
Wrongfully Executed Date: 2004
Years Served: 13
Just two days before Christmas in 1991, a house fire tragically killed Cameron Todd Willingham’s three little girls. Cameron tried to save his girls but the fire engulfed the house. Using outdated science, police determined the fire was arson, but now years after the conviction, arson science evolved, and forensic experts around the country agreed that the fire was a tragic accident. Texas limits the ability of death row inmates to challenge their convictions and Cameron wasn’t allowed to present the new evidence of his innocence in court. He was wrongfully executed after serving 13 years in prison.
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