Did Texas execute an innocent man?

On August 21, 2019 Larry Swearingen was executed by the Texas Department of Justice in Huntsville, Texas. Swearingen was convicted of the 1998 murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter and sentenced to death in 2000.

Despite his relentless claims of innocence and at least 5 defense experts who testified that Swearingen couldn’t have been the killer because he was in jail on unrelated traffic violations at the time of the murder, and that a different person’s DNA was found under Melissa Trotter’s fingernails.

Regardless of the evidence, Swearingen was put to death after a Stay of Execution was denied by the Supreme Court.

Did Texas execute an innocent man? Read more to decide.


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