larry swearingen

Texas's proud court system set to execute another man despite way-reasonable doubt
At trial, the county coroner concluded the time of the victim's death exactly coincided with when Larry Swearingen had access to her (25 days before the body was found), but after 4 pathologists concluded that the coroner missed this clue, and that clue, and that-other clue, etc., the coroner now agrees that the victim was killed, oh, 3 days or so before the body was found, and Swearingen has an ironclad alibi for that several-day time period, i.e., he was in jail. Texas's highest criminal court said, Doesn't matter. Said, We can only intervene on "new" evidence, and this was just a change of mind on "old" evidence. Swearingen's meeting with his Maker is tomorrow. Austin American-Statesman
     Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jan 26, 2009

Any Texan's out there want to defend this one?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 01/26/09 at 10:06 AM
Well, if he was in jail anyway.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/26/09 at 10:46 AM
My Great-Grandmother always said, "Don't believe anything you read and only half of what you see." And in this day and age of reporting expertise I'll pass on making judgment.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/26/09 at 11:51 AM
Everything's bigger in Texas, including the gap between common sense and the law.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/26/09 at 12:10 PM
yee-haw! I'm w/ Brian. let's see his rap sheet. there is something inarguable called a 'pattern of behavior'. If this guy hasn't already done something to deserve it, he probably will if set free...
Posted by mrjazz on 01/26/09 at 02:01 PM
I doubt they got a 1st degree murder conviction on that alone. And considering the article is in his favor, Id assume there was more. I could be wrong, police are untrustworthy bastards and the judges and jury take their word as gospel. There has to be more to the story. Proven innocent? Hardly.
Posted by One of them guys on 01/26/09 at 10:08 PM
I dont think he should be executed, but the guy is a convicted rapist who was angry with the dead person and seen with her the day she disappeared. He doctored a fake confession and lied repeatedly on the stand.
Posted by One of them guys on 01/26/09 at 10:15 PM
The US 5th Court must read Weird Universe!

(that's the only logical explanation, no?)
Posted by StanFlouride on 01/26/09 at 10:46 PM
Im not sure why I was giving the benefit of doubt to the state... I really should know better
Posted by One of them guys on 01/27/09 at 05:08 AM
Kevin, you are crazy. It is humanly impossible for her to have eaten potatoes on any other occasion.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/27/09 at 05:13 PM
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