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Larry Swearingen, 48, is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Wednesday evening for the December 1998 killing of Melissa Trotter. The 19-year-old was last seen leaving her community college in Conroe, and her body was found nearly a month later in a forest near Huntsville, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston.

Prosecutors said they stand behind the "mountain of evidence" used to convict Swearingen in 2000. They described him as a sociopath with a criminal history of violence against women and said he tried to get a fellow death row inmate to take credit for his crime.
Swearingen, who is also represented by the Innocence Project, has previously received five stays of execution.

Appeals courts and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to stop the execution. If it happens, Swearingen would be the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas.

Kelly Blackburn, the trial bureau chief for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, which prosecuted Swearingen, said Swearingen's efforts to discredit the evidence have been unsuccessful because "his experts' opinions don't hold water."

"I have absolutely zero doubt that anybody but Larry Swearingen killed ... Melissa Trotter," Blackburn said.

During a 2011 interview, Swearingen told The Associated Press that he was tired of being "demonized" for a crime he didn't commit.

"We'd all like to know who done it," he said.

Blackburn said Swearingen killed Trotter because he was angry that she had stood him up for a date. At the time of Trotter's killing, Swearingen was under indictment for kidnapping a former fiancée.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week turned down Swearingen's challenge to the blood evidence and pantyhose match, citing the "mountain of evidence" that "seals Swearingen's guilt for Trotter's murder."

Blackburn said Swearingen has tried to get people to lie in order to give him an alibi. After his arrest, Swearingen got another inmate to write a letter Swearingen composed in Spanish that professed to be from the real killer and had it sent to his attorney. In 2017, Swearingen and another death row inmate, Anthony Shore, concocted a plan to get Shore to take responsibility for Trotter's killing. Shore was executed last year.

Rytting said Swearingen is guilty of doing "some very stupid things," but prosecutors don't have proof he killed Trotter.

"Hopefully we are one step closer to giving (Trotter's family) that justice that they've so long waited for," Blackburn said.

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Info about this cat's chicanery. The post is new, but the news article is old.

Published: 11:34 EDT, 18 October 2017 | Updated: 17:54 EDT, 18 October 2017

A man who became known as Houston's 'Tourniquet Killer' because of his signature murder technique on four female victims had his Wednesday execution halted by a judge hours before it was to be carried out.

Anthony Allen Shore confessed to the four slayings after a tiny particle collected from under the fingernail of a 21-year-old murder victim was matched to his DNA.

But the judge withdrew the execution warrant just hours before Shore was set to die.

The judge was responding to request from prosecutors who want to further investigate an alleged scheme in which Shore, 55, says another death row inmate asked him to confess to his crime.
Shore's execution is now set for January 18.

Montgomery County District Attorney Bret Ligon has said that investigators from his office spoke with Shore on Tuesday and he told them inmate Larry Swearingen asked him to take the blame for the 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.

Swearingen was convicted of her slaying and is scheduled to be executed for it on November 16.

Ligon said investigators from his office spoke with Shore on Tuesday and he told them he decided to expose the scheme and not cooperate with Swearingen.

The prosecutor said Swearingen tried a similar scheme before his trial for Trotter's killing.


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Fucking lying bastard! I do not believe for one second that he is innocent. For that matter, I would rather be put to death being innocent than deserving it because I was guilty. He should've taken the high road on the way out.

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FTA - "Lord forgive them. They don't know what they are doing," he said in his last words.

A fucking sociopath with a god complex...

Since he believes he's the second coming, here's a prayer for him - I pray that it hurt like hell when the drugs got pushed in his veins!

The world will not miss this guy.

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