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    Thumbs down Larry Swearingen - granted a stay of execution, Aug 2013

    Oh my

    Does anyone know about this case ?

    He is due to be executed in just 21 days

    He was convicted for the Murder of Melissa Trotter

    But the thing is he was in Jail when she was murdered according to forensic experts and witnesses

    How can he be executed ?

    http://www.larry-swearingen.com/

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    Death row prisoner Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be execution on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

    Larry Swearingen was sentenced to death in July 2000 for the 1998 abduction and slaying of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student. He was jailed on December 11, 1998, after being questioned by the police about the whereabouts of Melissa Trotter who was still ALIVE at this time, and has remained in constant custody until today which means he was literally in no position to commit this crime because he had already been in Montgomery County Jail when the victim was murdered.

    FACTS:
    - Larry was in jail when the victim was murdered
    - the DNA (blood and hairs) was male, but excluded him as the donor
    - the victim got life threatening phone which weren't made by Larry
    - the police suppressed evidence
    - the state withheld evidence to the jury plus sponsored false testimony...


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    According to this link - http://www.courttv.com/facing_death/...crime_ctv.html - he was the last person known to be with her, and was NOT in jail when she died, but when her body was found. HE claims that she was alive, due to insect activity, but there is no scientific confirmation of this.

    His history would suggest that he could have killed her, and most likely did.

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    wow, he has only been on death row about 9 years?? Awsome!! Its good to know they are frying the killer up fast!!
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    The "facts" on the larry.swearingen site are not facts. You can be pretty sure that if a site is named after the perp, the information will need to be verified, and in almost every case, you'll find that it is quite misleading, if not downright false.

    I don't have an iota of sympathy for this rapist/murderer. He got a fair trial.

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    Here's some info from the Texas Attorney General's site (http://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagNews/release.php?id=1901)

    Fiber evidence showed that Trotter had been in Swearingen’s trailer, on the floor and perhaps the bed, and in the cab of his pickup truck. And evidence in the truck cab showed that some of her hair had been pulled forcibly from her head. Although neither Swearingen nor his wife smoked, a pack of cigarettes, Trotter’s brand, was found in Swearingen’s trailer. A piece of hosiery, the companion to that piece used to strangle Trotter, was found in a trash heap beside Swearingen’s trailer. Hair evidence linked the hosiery to Swearingen’s wife. Cell phone records showed that on the day that Trotter disappeared, Swearingen traveled from his trailer to the area where the body was found. After Trotter disappeared, Swearing told friends that he was in trouble and that the police would be after him.
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    In the punishment phase of his trial, evidence was introduced that Swearingen had committed two unadjudicated rapes, one unadjudicated assault on his ex-wife, and that while awaiting trial, he had tried to escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnoid View Post
    Looks guilty as hell to me.
    As you know, I'm not a fan of the DP, but I agree with your statement 100%.
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEADFAST View Post
    The "facts" on the larry.swearingen site are not facts. You can be pretty sure that if a site is named after the perp, the information will need to be verified, and in almost every case, you'll find that it is quite misleading, if not downright false.

    I don't have an iota of sympathy for this rapist/murderer. He got a fair trial.
    Oh...

    Ok..

    So are those *facts* not true then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoppyH View Post
    wow, he has only been on death row about 9 years?? Awsome!! Its good to know they are frying the killer up fast!!
    Too funny!

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    Jane,

    I think those "facts" could be true....except for the one saying she was killed on the 20th, that is "ify". I am inclined to have doubt about that type of forensic work.

    But, you have to consider the other "facts" in this case.

    The evidence quoted by JaxFlaGal in post #6 are very damning, IMO.

    Lay them all out there, put them in the scale and see where they balance....

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    http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/Pending/09/jan09.htm

    Here's some interesting information. This might help you make up your mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Garnan View Post
    http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/Pending/09/jan09.htm

    Here's some interesting information. This might help you make up your mind.
    Hmmmm....that's pretty damning evidence. Thanks for the link.
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    It's possible that the link that was provided by the OP is one that was created by one of the many anti-DP groups. Which would explain the slant of the website proclaiming this inmate's innocence.

    It is my understanding that this inmate, so close to his date of execution would have most certainly exhausted all of the numerous appeals that are afforded to such criminals.

    This is a last ditch effort to persuade the public at large that this inmate is innocent, regardless of the multitude of evidence that a jury of his peers evaluated and found him guilty to which he was sentenced to death.

    I have to say that I am a supporter of the DP. However, I do not support it in every case in which it is determined to be the appropriate sentence.

    In this particular case, the evidence speaks for itself, the jury has spoken and I agree that this man deserves the DP. Godspeed to him.
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    Good riddance. Bye-bye.

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    SUSPECT - Larry Swearingen

    Larry Swearingen was sentenced to death in the 1998 kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder of Melissa Trotter.

    He actually has his own web site: http://www.larry-swearingen.com/

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/us...pagewanted=all

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    very confusing sentence. I guess it means he was in jail for 2 week and that included they day she died?????

    Larry Ray Swearingen was sentenced to death on July 11, 2000 for the 1998 kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Melissa Trotter, a 19-year-old college student from Montgomery County, Texas. DNA testing excluded Swearingen as the perpetrator, and forensic science conclusively proves Swearingen was in the county jail for outstanding traffic warrants for at least two weeks before the victim died. There are no co-defendants.
    BBM

    http://www.larry-swearingen.com/
    A parole review date is set for July 21, 2012 for Fred Howard Coffey.

    Coffey was convicted of the murder of 10 yr old Amanda Marie Ray, NC. He admitted to molesting 300 children.

    Please write a letter on behalf of Amanda.

    Suspect in the murders of:
    5 yr old Neely Smith, NC
    14 yr old Kathy Lynn Beatty, MD
    8 yr old Travis Shane King, VA

    Possibly connected to the disappearances of:
    14 Yr old Tracy Anne King, PA
    11 yr old Sheila and 13 yr old Katherine Lyons, MD
    15 yr old Carolyn Majane, NJ



    Write to:
    Chairman Charles L. Mann Sr.
    NC Post Release Supervision & Parole Commission
    P.O. Box 29540
    Raleigh, NC 27626-0540
    RE: Fred Howard Coffey, DOC# 0081135
    or send an email to parole@doc.state.nc.us
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