Texas Fire Panel Questions 1993 Murder Conviction

DALLAS (September 30, 2013)—Sonia Cacy was found guilty in 1993 of killing her uncle by setting him on fire and was sentenced to 99 years in prison, but the Science Advisory Workgroup established by the Texas State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire investigation used to convict her cannot be supported under "present day scientific standards."

The panel says Cacy's uncle, William Richardson of Fort Stockton, likely died of heart disease, not smoke inhalation.

Cacy was released on parole in 1998 after the evidence used to convict her was first disputed.

The Texas Innocence Project is now fighting for her exoneration.

Cacy, who's now 63, lives in Fort Worth.


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