FILE - This is an undated photo provided by the Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Michael Webb. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Parole Board plans to announce Wednesday whether to recommend mercy for a death row inmate who says updated arson science could help exonerate him in the blaze that killed his 3-year-old son.
Michael Webb says a new analysis of the 1990 fire shows it could have started just about anywhere on the main floor of his house, a finding that points to another culprit.
Prosecutors say his argument is nothing new and not backed by the evidence.
Webb wants a pardon or, at the very least, time to make a request for a new trial.
Defense attorneys around the country are using the latest research on fire to challenge arson convictions, in much the same way they have used DNA to exonerate people convicted of murder.
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