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The 10 Most Shocking Wrongful Executions

Many people oppose the death penalty, but many people also support it. In states like Texas and Florida, capital punishment is still thriving, but the hard truth is that with an imperfect justice syst

Many people oppose the death penalty, but many people also support it. In states like Texas and Florida, capital punishment is still thriving, but the hard truth is that with an imperfect justice system, mistakes are made. In these ten cases, these mistakes caused innocent people to be murdered by the state.

These ten victims of the justice system are examples of misconduct and corruption by police officers and prosecution. Read about Jesse Tafero, whose execution went awry in the most horrific way, and Cameron Todd Willingham, who was accused of the most heart-wrenching crime of all. If you're still convinced that the death penalty is a viable option, remember that in a place where capital punishment is on the table, anybody's head could be on the line. Sometimes it's just about luck.

10 Cameron Todd Willingham

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9 Jesse Tafero

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8 Ellis Wayne Felker

Via telegraph.co.uk

7 Leo Jones

Via deathpenaltyinfo.org

6 Troy Davis

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5 Carlos De Luna

Via kartemquin.com

4 Timothy Evans

Via toptenz.net

3 David Spence

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2 Joseph O’Dell

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1 Ruben Cantu

Via truthinjustice.org

Ruben Cantu was executed in his twenties for a murder committed when he was seventeen years old. In 1984, two Hispanic men were murdered at night while keeping watch over the construction site where they worked. Cantu and his friend David Garza, who was 15, tried to rob the men, but when one tried to grab a pistol from under his mattress both men were shot about nine times. Cantu and Garza fled, thinking they had killed the men, but one of them - Juan Moreno - survived and implicated Cantu as the killer, although he recanted his story a decade after the teen’s execution. Several witnesses against him later reported that they had been pressured by the police to testify against Cantu. After being convicted of first degree murder, Ruben Cantu wrote a letter to the city of San Antonio: “My name is Ruben Cantu and I am only 18 years old. I got to the 9th grade and I have been framed in a capital murder case.” He was executed in 1993.

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