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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Todd Willingham clemency denied by state board

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles released its decision Friday
regarding Cameron Todd Willingham's request for executive clemency. All 15
members voted to no on a reprieve or a commutation of his sentence.

Willingham, from Corsicana, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal
injection Tuesday. He was convicted in August 1992 of the 1991 capital
murders of his three children.

Willingham was arrested and charged in the deaths on Jan. 8, 1992,
according to records on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Web site.

The 3 children -- Amber Louise Kuykendall, 2, and 1-year-old twins Karmon
Diane Willingham and Kameron Marie Willingham -- died in a fire at their
home in the 1200 block of West 11th Street in Corsicana. The fire occurred
on Dec. 23, 1991, just before Christmas.

The board was considering a request to commute his death sentence to a
lesser penalty and a 90-day reprieve.

(source: Corsicana Daily Sun)

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