State of Texas executes Larry Swearingen despite evidence of innocence

The State of Texas executed Larry Swearingen this evening after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his final appeal. He is the 4th person put to death in Texas in 2019 and the 12th nationwide. The Death Penalty Information Center will add him to the informal list of persons executed in the United States with substantial doubts as to their guilt.

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Judge Stays Execution of Larry Swearingen

On January 30, 2013, State District Judge Kelly Case withdrew the February 27 execution date of Larry Swearingen in order to give his attorneys more time to pursue DNA testing. Swearingen was convicted of the 1998 rape and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter, a student at Montgomery Community College.  Her body was discovered in the Sam […]

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Swearingen Case Back in Court

Texas death row inmate, Larry Swearingen, has been given a chance to introduce evidence that he claims will prove his innocence of the murder of Melissa Trotter. Testimony began Monday, February 27, in a Montgomery County district court and is expected to focus on the role that scientific evidence played in Swearingen’s conviction.  The Texas Court […]

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TCADP 2011 Annual Report: Texas Carries Out Fewest Executions Since 1996

Today, December 15, 2011, the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) released its annual report, Texas Death Penalty Developments in 2011: The Year in Review. According to the report, executions in Texas dropped to the lowest number since 1996 and death sentences remained at a historic low level this year.

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Larry Swearingen loses appeal at the Court of Criminal Appeals

As reported yesterday, Larry Swearingen lost his request for additional DNA testing with the Court of Criminal Appeals. The Texas Observer wrote the following piece on Swearingen’s possible innocence. “Possibly Innocent Man Loses Another Appeal” by Dave Mann (February 11, 2010): Larry Swearingen lost another appeal yesterday. This wasn’t all that surprising. For one, The […]

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Two Denials to DNA Testing and One Upheld Conviction Maintain Number of Inmates on Texas Death Row

On Wednesday, February 9, 2010 the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals denied additional DNA testing and upheld convictions for three death row inmates. The Dallas Morning News (2-10- 2010) reported on the request for additional DNA testing by Larry Swearingen and Humberto Leal as well as the upheld death sentence for Adam Kelly Ward. Larry […]

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Larry Swearingen Gets Reprieve

MICHAEL GRACZYKAssociated Press Writer © 2009 The Associated PressJan. 26, 2009, 12:28PM HUNTSVILLE, Texas — A federal appeals court has stopped this week’s scheduled execution of a man condemned for abducting, raping and strangling a 19-year-old suburban Houston woman 10 years ago.Larry Swearingen, 37, faced lethal injection Tuesday evening for the death of Melissa Trotter, […]

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