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On August 21, 2019, Larry Ray Swearingen was executed by the State of Texas. He was pronounced dead at 6:47 p.m. CDT.


His final words: "Lord forgive 'em. They don't know what they're doing."


 With tonight's execution an excruciating odyssey has come to its very tragic end. Tragic and sad because it will not bring back Melissa Trotter, but sadly closure to the many whose lives he's shattered and the certainty that he is no longer going to hurt nobody no more.


"As for the light by which you see me, leave it on". I will leave that light on for you. Tonight.


Fly high, Larry. You are free now.


So are we.


Thank you to everyone for their love, support, concern and prayers throughout this odyssey.



Execution date set for August 21, 2019


08/21/19 - U.S. Supreme Court denies stay of execution


For the most current updates on this case follow the hashtag #LarrySwearingen on Twitter or Andrew Purcell (@andrewpurc)!


08/21/19 - Last-minute appeal filed with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding his latest claim (DPS letters)


08/20/19 - Swearingen filed a last-minute appeal in federal court against Texas' lethal injection methods. That appeal was denied by the district court Tuesday. 


08/19/19 - Death row inmate Larry Swearingen denied clemency before Wednesday execution in a 7-0 vote by the Texas board of pardons and paroles


08/16/19 - The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Swearingen's motion for successive Petition and for stay of execution (In Re: Larry Swearingen / 19-20656)


08/16/19 - The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed Swearingen's application for writ of habeas corpus and denied motion for stay of execution with written order (WR-53,613-14) without considering the merits of his claims


10/29/17 - Lawyers agree to DNA testing in Swearingen's death row case


Larry Ray Swearingen was sentenced to death in July 2000 for the 1998 abduction, 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 provides an airtight alibi: Swearingen was in the county jail on outstanding traffic warrants at the time Trotter was murdered and her body dumped in the Sam Houston National Forest.


Trotter, who was last seen alive on December 8, 1998, was murdered and her body dumped in the woods by late end of December 1998 (after 12/23/98). Swearingen was arrested on December 11, 1998, and has not been released ever since.


Swearingen's sixth execution date has now been set for August 21, 2019.


Thank you all very much for your support and welcome to this site.


- This website was last updated on August 19, 2019. -