Texas parole board denies pardon for executed man

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice shows Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in 2004 for setting fire to his Corsicana house, killing his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. The Innocence Project said Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, that newly discovered documents undermine the credibility of a key witness against Willingham who was controversially executed on Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice shows Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed in 2004 for setting fire to his Corsicana house, killing his 2-year-old daughter and 1-year-old twins. The Innocence Project said Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, that newly discovered documents undermine the credibility of a key witness against Willingham who was controversially executed on Feb. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)

AUSTIN (AP) — The Innocence Project says the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied its petition to posthumously pardon a Texas man executed for killing his three children in a house fire.

A letter from the parole board released last week says the agency has denied a pardon for Cameron Todd Willingham, whose case has been cited by wrongful-conviction advocates who argue Texas’ death-penalty system is severely flawed.

Willingham was put to death in 2004 for the deaths of his three daughters in a house fire in Corsicana.

Fire investigation experts say the science used to convict Willingham was faulty.

The New York-based Innocence Project, which has argued Willingham’s case after his death, says the parole board’s decision “illustrates that the clemency system is completely broken in Texas.”

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