by: Cameron Todd Willingham – Innocent and Executed
published: 28 February 2014
Attorneys working on behalf of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed 10 years ago after he was convicted of setting a house fire that killed his three young daughters, say they have new evidence that suggests he was innocent.
Lawyers from the New York-based Innocence Project say a newly discovered note in the files of John Jackson, the prosecutor who oversaw his conviction, suggests that Jackson made a deal with a jailhouse informant, Johnny Webb, who testified against Willingham. At Jackson’s prompting, Webb told jurors during the trial that he received nothing in exchange for his testimony implicating the Willingham in the case.
Webb, then an inmate serving time for a first-degree robbery charge, said Willingham had confessed to him.
The note, scribbled within the district attorney’s file folder, said “based on coop in Willingham,” Webb was to receive a less severe second-degree classification, as opposed to the first-degree charge he was convicted on, according to the Innocence Project.