Texas has set August 18 as the execution date for Larry Swearingen. Swearingen was sentenced to death for the murder of Melissa Trotter, but he had been in jail for 23 days when the body of the victim was found. Five separate forensic experts, including four current or former Chief Medical Examiners from Texas, have determined that Melissa Trotter died very close to the date her body was found. That is, the crime occurred when Larry Swearingen was in jail. This contradicts the trial testimony of Dr. Joye Carter who had said the death occurred 25 days prior to the body’s discovery. But she herself has recanted that testimony and now agrees with the other forensic experts.
Ah, Texas. Where the government is desperately hoping that science doesn’t get in the way of poisoning its citizens to death.
UPDATE: According to Amnesty International, Larry Swearingen has just received a stay of execution from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.