Because it’s now known that many past arson rulings were based more on commonly held assumptions about how fire spreads and damages wood, metal and glass rather than the scientific study of fire’s behavior and effects, the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been re-examining old cases to see if our new understanding of fire supports the original finding of arson.
The office has found problems in three of the four cases it has examined thus far, including the case of Sonia Cacy, who was convicted of killing her uncle in their Fort Stockton home in November 1991 by dousing his bed with gasoline and setting him on fire.
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