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Ness 10-27-2006 06:30 PM

Larry Swearingen - TX -Stayed
 
Oct. 24, 2006, 10:23PM

Execution date set for student's killer

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

CONROE — The execution of a Willis man convicted of killing a 19-year college student almost 16 years ago has been scheduled for Jan. 24.

Montgomery County state District Judge Fred Edwards last week signed a death warrant for Larry Swearingen. A jury found Swearingen guilty of capital murder June 28, 2000, in the death of Melissa Trotter of Willis.

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kmlchitown 10-27-2006 06:51 PM

This is a very dear friends PP . Ky I'm here for you sweetie

xo

Rachel 10-27-2006 07:45 PM

Sorry to hear this.
I hope he and his loved ones are bearing up OK.

elsapunzi 01-01-2007 06:10 AM

i am so sad to hear this and will pray for him and his family

beez0811 01-23-2007 08:32 AM

I'll be praying for his family.

Rachel 01-23-2007 06:08 PM

Another Stay In Texas!!!!!
 
ANOTHER STAY IN TEXAS!!!!! :thumbsup:

The execution has been stayed. Mr. Swearingen's case has been remanded
to State court for a hearing.

Article Here - Dallas Morning News

Ness 01-23-2007 09:39 PM

This is great news!!!

Mrs. OB 01-24-2007 12:02 AM

Another stay... in Texas? :eek:
Wow, this is just wonderful!
I am so happy for him and his loved ones!! :D

Jillian 01-24-2007 12:07 AM

Thank god , i am so happy for his family ..

whisky 23 12-28-2008 05:48 AM

Larry Swearingen - Texas- 27th January 2009 - STAY
 
TX: Larry Swearingen - Execution date set Jan. 27
Sat Dec 27, 2008 3:40PM
78.34.19.42


Execution date set Jan. 27 for killer in 1998 murder

Defense will appeal again, also ask for clemency

By RENÉE C. LEE Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
Dec. 26, 2008, 10:19PM

CONROE — After years of legal appeals and a stay of execution,
convicted killer Larry Swearingen is set to be put to death Jan. 27
for the sexual assault and strangulation of 19-year-old Melissa
Trotter in December 1998.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6182889.html

whisky 23 12-28-2008 05:48 AM

My thoughts are with his Larry and his family and friends at this sad time

welshcake 12-28-2008 06:39 AM

my thoughts are with all involved.
dont they get any time off over the holidays, they seem to enjoy doing this too much.

Cupids_girl 12-28-2008 12:26 PM

My soul grieves
 
Thoughts and prayers are for Larry's family and friends.
I just don't get it and I don't want to get it!!!!!! -by my count thats seven young men that will be murdered by the state of Texas in January, absolutely outrageously disgusting.

The last time there was a high number of state murders carried out was last month, November. Is there a political link why these months are making record state murders?

maria309 12-30-2008 11:50 AM

There is an online petition for Larry Swearingen now:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/do-...rry-swearingen

Please sign and spread it widely.

gdogg 12-30-2008 03:28 PM

To answer Cupid;s Girl question.....
THere is an unofficial suspension of executions between Thanksgiving and New Years. Therefore, there are more executions in November to get them in before the cutoff, and alot that take place right after they begin again.

JJS811 12-31-2008 04:03 AM

Prayers offered to Larry, his family, friends and supporters at this sad time.

whisky 23 12-31-2008 08:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maria309 (Post 4291382)
There is an online petition for Larry Swearingen now:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/do-...rry-swearingen

Please sign and spread it widely.


I have signed

Kay 01-01-2009 12:15 AM

I signed. Prayers for all touched by this.

DaveMoff 01-01-2009 01:02 AM

This is absurd. As per 2007 testimony by the medical examiner whose testimony originally helped to convict Mr. Swearingen, he was actually in jail in another part of the state when the murder for which he was convicted occurred. No joke.

Does the state of Texas care whether the perpetrator of a crime is brought to justice or do they only wish to insure that someone dies after a capital crime is committed, regardless of guilt?

This is insane. And most definitely not the form of insanity which absolves one from responsibility.

JJS811 01-01-2009 03:43 AM

My PP on Polunsky is convinced they really don't care about innocence or guilt, as long as they have a live body to execute. The simple fact is, I can't disagree with him!

Gilles 01-02-2009 04:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cupids_girl (Post 4285869)
by my count thats seven young men that will be murdered by the state of Texas in January

You are right, 7 in Texas AND 2 more in other states:

Jan 14 TX Curtis Moore
Jan 15 AL James Callahan
Jan 15 TX Jose Garcia Briseno
Jan 21 TX Frank Moore
Jan 22 OK Darwin Brown
Jan 22 TX Reginald Perkins
Jan 27 TX Larry Swearingen
Jan 28 TX Virgil Martinez
Jan 29 TX Ricardo Ortiz

In 2009, at least 22 human beings are scheduled to be executed in the USA.

whisky 23 01-19-2009 09:48 AM

TX: Larry Swearingen Articles - Please Post All Info Here
 
TX: Judge denies Swearingen’s
Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:13PM
81.173.132.171


Homepage URL: http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2009/01/18/conroe_courier/news/swearingen0117.txt

Judge denies Swearingen’s

By Lucretia Cardenas
01.17.09

Ninth state District Court Judge Fred Edwards denied Larry Swearingen’s requests for a stay of execution and additional DNA testing, but now the judge is considering Swearingen’s request for a hearing as his execution date approaches.

Swearingen is scheduled to die a week from Tuesday, but his attorney, James Rytting, believes the court system has made a mistake and an innocent man will die if additional testing isn’t allowed.

“Montgomery County is killing somebody based on a lie,” Rytting said.

Edwards said he did not grant a delay in the execution or the additional testing because the evidence presented in the request was presented to the court previously.

Swearingen was convicted of killing 19-year-old Melissa Trotter 10 years ago. She disappeared Dec. 8, 1998, and her body was found in the Sam Houston National Forest Jan. 2, 1999. Trotter had been strangled with one leg of a set of pantyhose.

Swearinggen, an ex-convict working as an electrician, met Trotter Dec. 6. On Dec. 8, the day she disappeared, the two met at the Montgomery College campus, where Trotter was a student.

On Dec. 11, Swearingen was arrested for outstanding traffic warrants and remained in jail after becoming a suspect in Trotter’s disappearance. When her body was found, Swearingen had been in jail for three weeks

He charged and convicted of her killed and sentenced to death. In January 2007, he was scheduled to be executed, but a stay of execution was implemented when Rytting filed an appeal. Several hearings on the decomposition of Trotter’s body, the availability of witnesses and evidence and other matters were held prior to Edwards setting the new execution date for Jan. 27.

Following each hearing, Edwards ruled that the evidence presented would not have changed jurors’ minds. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which ordered the hearings, has agreed with Edwards each time.

The prosecution’s response to Swearingen’s recent filings states that the requested DNA testing was either presented to the jury, which still found Swearingen guilty, or the requested DNA testing is unauthorized because the state was not in possession of it. The prosecution’s argument goes on to state that the DNA evidence which was collected and identified as male, but was not an exact match to Swearingen, was entered into a national database and continues to be searched periodically.

Toward the end of the District Attorney’s Office’s argument, the DA states that Swearingen is “throwing everything he can at the walls of this court in the hope that something sticks, without bothering to thoroughly review the record in this case.”

But Rytting calls the prosecution’s arguments over the years a “theory case.”

He added that the Innocence Project, a New York-based organization that works to exonerate innocent people across the nation, has become involved in Swearingen’s case.

Swearingen also has received support from “a concerned citizen,” who sent a letter to the Parole Board in Austin. In the letter, which also was sent to The Courier, the citizen asks that the male DNA found in blood underneath Trotter’s fingernails be tested against the man who was convicted of murdering Wanda Pitts the same year Trotter went missing. William Mathews, who had been hospitalized previously for mental difficulties, was convicted of kidnapping and strangling Pitts.

The letter points out many similarities in the murder, which were brought up before Swearingen’s trial.

Trotter’s mother, Sandy Trotter, has encouraged people who believe Swearingen is guilty and should die to write the parole board.

whisky 23 01-19-2009 09:52 AM

TX: Judge denies Swearingen’s
Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:13PM
81.173.132.171


Homepage URL: http://www.hcnonline.com/articles/2009/01/18/conroe_courier/news/swearingen0117.txt

Judge denies Swearingen’s

By Lucretia Cardenas
01.17.09

Ninth state District Court Judge Fred Edwards denied Larry Swearingen’s requests for a stay of execution and additional DNA testing, but now the judge is considering Swearingen’s request for a hearing as his execution date approaches.

Swearingen is scheduled to die a week from Tuesday, but his attorney, James Rytting, believes the court system has made a mistake and an innocent man will die if additional testing isn’t allowed.

“Montgomery County is killing somebody based on a lie,” Rytting said.

Edwards said he did not grant a delay in the execution or the additional testing because the evidence presented in the request was presented to the court previously.

Swearingen was convicted of killing 19-year-old Melissa Trotter 10 years ago. She disappeared Dec. 8, 1998, and her body was found in the Sam Houston National Forest Jan. 2, 1999. Trotter had been strangled with one leg of a set of pantyhose.

Swearinggen, an ex-convict working as an electrician, met Trotter Dec. 6. On Dec. 8, the day she disappeared, the two met at the Montgomery College campus, where Trotter was a student.

On Dec. 11, Swearingen was arrested for outstanding traffic warrants and remained in jail after becoming a suspect in Trotter’s disappearance. When her body was found, Swearingen had been in jail for three weeks.

He charged and convicted of her killed and sentenced to death. In January 2007, he was scheduled to be executed, but a stay of execution was implemented when Rytting filed an appeal. Several hearings on the decomposition of Trotter’s body, the availability of witnesses and evidence and other matters were held prior to Edwards setting the new execution date for Jan. 27.

Following each hearing, Edwards ruled that the evidence presented would not have changed jurors’ minds. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which ordered the hearings, has agreed with Edwards each time.

The prosecution’s response to Swearingen’s recent filings states that the requested DNA testing was either presented to the jury, which still found Swearingen guilty, or the requested DNA testing is unauthorized because the state was not in possession of it. The prosecution’s argument goes on to state that the DNA evidence which was collected and identified as male, but was not an exact match to Swearingen, was entered into a national database and continues to be searched periodically.

Toward the end of the District Attorney’s Office’s argument, the DA states that Swearingen is “throwing everything he can at the walls of this court in the hope that something sticks, without bothering to thoroughly review the record in this case.”

But Rytting calls the prosecution’s arguments over the years a “theory case.”

He added that the Innocence Project, a New York-based organization that works to exonerate innocent people across the nation, has become involved in Swearingen’s case.

Swearingen also has received support from “a concerned citizen,” who sent a letter to the Parole Board in Austin. In the letter, which also was sent to The Courier, the citizen asks that the male DNA found in blood underneath Trotter’s fingernails be tested against the man who was convicted of murdering Wanda Pitts the same year Trotter went missing. William Mathews, who had been hospitalized previously for mental difficulties, was convicted of kidnapping and strangling Pitts.

The letter points out many similarities in the murder, which were brought up before Swearingen’s trial.

Trotter’s mother, Sandy Trotter, has encouraged people who believe Swearingen is guilty and should die to write the parole board.

whisky 23 01-19-2009 01:59 PM

Lets keep are fingers crossed for some good news on Larrys case

whisky 23 01-22-2009 10:21 AM

Time is running out for inmate
 
Time is running out for inmate
(Houston Chronicle © 01/22/2009) (Registration Required)
The question isn’t whether Larry Ray Swearingen is a liar, or a cheater, or a schemer, or even a rapist. There is ample evidence to suggest he is all of these things. The question is whether he is a murderer. Or, more precisely, whether he is guilty of the 1998 capital murder for which he is set to die in five days. There is ample evidence to suggest that he is not. For starters, Swearing


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