Why is Texas executing so many people
One execution and many questions
Larry Swearingen was executed by lethal injection on Wednesday evening, said a spokesman for the Texas criminal justice department. "Lord, forgive them. They do not know what they are doing," were the last words of the 48-year-old.
The case had attracted attention for years and called civil rights activists onto the scene: Swearingen, who had been incarcerated since 2000 for the kidnapping, rape and murder of the then 19-year-old Melissa Trotter in December 1998, had always protested his innocence and pleaded to the end Court fought for the reversal of the sentence.
"False and misleading testimony"
He accused the public prosecutor of procedural errors, among other things because of "false and misleading testimony". In addition, Swearingen's lawyers repeatedly pointed out DNA traces of another man that were found under the victim's fingernails.
The public prosecutor, in turn, stated that they stood by the "mountain of evidence" and described Swearingen as a sociopath who had repeatedly attracted attention through violence against women in the past.
Shortly before his execution, Swearingen had failed to appeal to the US Supreme Court. The execution date was postponed five times during his detention.
More prisoners are being executed in Texas than anywhere else in the United States.
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