Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for the deaths of his three children in what was described as an arson fire. But there is evidence that showed that there was never a case of arson, and that Rick Perry intentionally derailed Willingham’s appeals process so the execution could take place.
This link has the New Yorker story that detailed the case and the subsequent execution. And the Huffington Post, in this link, does a long examination of Perry’s role in making sure the execution of a possibly innocent man was carried out.
Rick Perry holds the death record for governors, signing off on 254 executions.
- Rick Perry Deserves Scrutiny For His Role In The Execution Of Cameron Todd Willingham (huffingtonpost.com)
- Activists Have Running Mate for Perry: Cameron Todd Willingham (blogs.wsj.com)
- Rick Perry’s Execution Record Includes The Deaths Of Juveniles And The Mentally Disabled (kaystreet.wordpress.com)