Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Bulletin: Larry Swearingen: Major development; Judge withdraws execution date in college slaying - clearing the way for DNA testing; AP.

"A state district judge Wednesday withdrew next month's execution date for a 41-year-old convicted killer who now has avoided the Texas death chamber four times. Judge Kelly Case ordered that Larry Swearingen's Feb. 27 lethal injection be put off indefinitely, clearing the way for DNA testing in his case. Swearingen is on death row for the 1998 abduction, rape and strangling of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old Montgomery County community college student. His attorneys, who include lawyers from the New York-based Innocence Project, contend he didn't kill Trotter and say evidence that was never tested for DNA would support their contention. Montgomery County prosecutors argued the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2010 ruled that no additional testing should be done in the case and said they were disappointed with the decision Wednesday. "Mr. Swearingen is probably the most guilty person in Montgomery County when it comes to the death penalty," prosecutor Warren Diepraam said. "These defense attorneys are the kings of stalling, and that's what they're doing." James Rytting, one of Swearingen's lawyers, called the decision "just." "The judge recognized the need to have the testing pursuant to the statute, pursuant to the law" Rytting said."

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