“Getting all tied up in the process here frankly is a deflection of what people across this state and this country need to be looking at,” Perry said.
At trial, Willingham’s wife, Stacy, testified for him during the punishment phase, denying he ever hurt her. Acquaintances, however, said she told them he’d beaten her several times, even while she was pregnant.
The commission doesn’t have the power to rule on Willingham’s guilt or innocence, but was expected to release a report next year on the validity of the arson investigation.
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