The New Yorker's David Grann tells the story in this week's magazine of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed by the state of Texas in 2004 — though, Grann's reporting shows, Willingham very likely was innocent of killing his three young daughters in a fire at their Corsicana home.
A short time ago, Grann explained to All Things Considered co-host Robert Siegel that investigators relied on disproved theories about arson and that there were many shortcomings about the defense presented on Willingham's behalf. The bottomline, Grann says, is that when a commission completes its review, the state of Texas may become the first in the nation to make a startling admission:
Will Texas Soon Say It Executed An Innocent Man?
Much more from Robert's conversation will be on today's ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you.
And The New Yorker has a lot about the story at its website, including:
— A live chat with Grann at 3 p.m. ET today.
— An audio report by Grann.
— This video of Grann talking about the case, which includes quite a bit of footage of the scene of the fire.