Friday, January 17, 2014

Bulletin: Larry Swearingen; Texas. Death Row; He is the subject of a TV documentary to be broadcast by Discovery TV this evening; Former FBI profiler Candice DeLong tells viewers "They may have a man on death Row who may not be guilty." The Courier. (Montgomery County);

STORY: "TV crime show focuses on local murder case," by reporter Russell Ledbetter, published by The Courier of  Montgomery County, on January 17, 2014. The TV finale of season four of “Facing Evil with Candice DeLong” (7 tonight);

GIST: "Discovery channel) features an hourlong interview and summary of the controversial murder case involving convicted Texas death row inmate Larry Ray Swearingen. He was convicted in June 2000 for the December 1998 abduction, rape and strangulation of 19-year-old Lone Star College-Montgomery student Melissa Trotter. In keeping with the format of the show, former FBI profiler DeLong – who most famously worked with the FBI as one of the lead investigators on the Ted Kaczynski “Unabomber” case in Montana – exclusively interviews only Swearingen for the hour, she said, with supporting summary news video and photos to inform the viewer, coupled with DeLong’s analysis. “This particular case involving Larry Swearingen is most fascinating in terms of judicial process,” DeLong said. “He’s always said he had an affair with the victim, but he denies killing her.” Trotter was last seen leaving the library of the Lone Star College-Montgomery campus off Texas 242 in The Woodlands. Her body was found nearly a month later in the Sam Houston National Forest, north of Lake Conroe. Since his 2000 conviction, Swearingen has maintained his innocence during his entire 13 years on death row. He has previously had multiple stays of execution and was again scheduled to die by lethal injection a year ago – Feb. 27, 2013, in Huntsville – but 9th state District Court Judge Kelly Case issued an indefinite stay of execution for Swearingen to allow for a longer examination period for proposed DNA testing by Swearingen’s lawyers on Jan. 30, 2013. “They may have a man on death row who may not be guilty,” DeLong said."

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