8. Cameron Todd Willington
Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for the murder of his three young daughters. Willingham had allegedly set fire to the family home in Corsicana, Texas, in order to cover up abuse allegations, despite his wife’s testimony that he never harmed the children and “spoiled them rotten”. However, advances in fire sciences prompted a re-investigation, which determined that the initial investigation was flawed. Willingham maintained his innocence and appealed his conviction. Even though experts believed that the Corsicana Fire Department were negligent, Governor Rick Perry refused to grant a pardon and Willingham was executed in 2004.
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