A fire expert whose report on a death penalty case raised concerns that Texas may have executed an innocent man is expected to testify before state lawmakers.
Craig Beyler of Baltimore is on the witness list for Monday’s meeting of the state House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee at the Capitol.
Beyler’s 2009 report on the case of Cameron Todd Willingham said fire science does not support the original finding of arson in the deaths of Willingham’s three young children.
That report led some to conclude Willingham was wrongly executed in 2004.
Willingham maintained his innocence, even from the death chamber. A state fire marshal, who also is deceased, and a local fire investigator ruled it was arson.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
TIME & DATE:
10:00 AM, Monday, January 11, 2010
Rep. Pete Gallego
The Committee will meet to discuss appropriate procedures for presenting
scientific evidence during the trial of criminal cases. The Committee
will only hear invited testimony.