Review Of Texas Arson Cases Finds 3 Questionable Convictions

AUSTIN (October 20, 2013)--A new review by the State Fire Marshal's Office of old arson cases that might have relied on bad science has identified three questionable convictions so far, but has also drawn criticism from a West Texas prosecutor whose office won one of the convictions.

The prosecutor is now asking the office of Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop the reviews.

The Austin American-Statesman reported that four reviews have been completed by a six-member panel of fire, forensic and legal experts put together by State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.

Three of the reviews found notable problems with the fire science.

One case presented no problems, and a similar finding will be made in a fifth case that will be completed at a December meeting.


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