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Before Willingham was executed in 2004, a prosecutor argued that Webb’s testimony was enough to prove his guilt, after the arson analysis was found to be sub-standard.
In recent weeks however, lawyers seeking a posthumous pardon for Willingham claim the inmate who provided testimony did so to gain a reduced sentence, the New York Times reported.
If that had proved to be the case in the lead up to Willingham’s execution, it could have been enough to clear him of guilt.
‘It’s astonishing that 10 years after Todd Willingham was executed we are still uncovering evidence showing what a grave injustice this case represents,’ Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, which is working on the case, said.