AUSTIN (KXAN) - Relatives of Cameron Todd Willingham have been granted a hearing that could exonerate the man who was executed in 2004.
The hearing was granted by Judge Charles Baird after a petition filed on Friday to convene a Court of Inquiry. The hearing is to clear Willingham of the crime for which he was executed.
Willingham was convicted of murdering his three daughters in 1991 by intentionally setting his Corsicana home on fire with the girls inside. He was executed for the crime in 2004.
However since then, the case has received media attention after arson investigators and new technologies claim there is not evidence of the fire being intentionally set.
The Texas Forensics Science Commission and the Corsicana Fire Department have differing opinions on the integrity of the investigation and the evidence which led to Willingham's conviction.
In the petition, Willingham's surviving relatives say testimony about the arson from fire officials was flawed and state officials have ignored overwhelming scientific evidence.
Some critics claim state officials have tried to hinder progress in having the conviction overturned.
The hearing will take place on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7.
Gov. Rick Perry, the State Fire Marshal, the State Prosecutor, and members of the Corsicana Fire Department and Navarro County District Attorney's Office have been invited to attend the hearing.
Baird is the same judge who exonerated Tim Cole in a similar hearing last year.
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