August 31st, 2009
New Report Shows that Cameron Todd Willingham, Executed in Texas in 2004, Was Innocent “There can no longer be any doubt that an innocent person has been executed.The question now turns to how we can stop it from happening again”
– Innocence Project Co-Director Barry Scheck says
An exhaustive new investigative report shows that Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in Texas in 2004, was innocent. The report comes three years after the Innocence Project released analysis from some of the nation’s leading forensic experts who found that the central evidence against Willingham was not valid.
The Innocence Project also obtained public records showing that Texas officials ignored this evidence in the days leading up to Willingham’s execution.
Willingham was convicted of arson murder in 1992 and was executed in February 2004. His two young children died at a fire in the family’s Corsicana, Texas, home.
At Willingham’s trial, forensic experts testified that evidence showed the fire was intentionally set. A jailhouse informant also testified against Willingham, and other circumstantial evidence was used against him.