Call for DNA Testing for Death Row Inmate Larry Swearingen

January 26, 2013

Barry Scheck is an honored friend and hero. He has issued this call, which I fully support:

Sign-on to our letter to District Attorney Brett Ligon

Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas on February 27. He has always maintained his innocence of the 1998 murder of a 19-year-old college student and has been requesting DNA testing of crime scene evidence that could exonerate him for years (read more). In 2011, the Texas Legislature specifically amended their DNA testing statute to address shortcomings in the law that had been used to deny Swearingen the ability to test evidence.

With his execution date looming, there is simply no room for doubt and no reason not to test this evidence. Sign-on to our letter to Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon asking ask him to postpone the execution and consent to DNA testing of the evidence in Larry Swearingen’s case.

Please go to the Innocence Project website to fill out and send your letter requesting DNA testing.

Thank you,


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