Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:44 pm EDT
Death row inmate Anthony Shore (read more here) has alleged that Larry Swearingen asked Anthony to confess to the murder of Melissa Trotter. Larry has been convicted and sentenced to die next month for the murder of Melissa Trotter. In an attempt to escape punishment, Larry convinced Anthony to confess to Melissa's murder. As part of the conspiracy, Larry had given Anthony numerous documents about the murder, including a hand-drawn map of where the body was located and where Larry had hidden physical evidence of the crime. Anthony, who was scheduled to be executed on October 18, 2017, has had his execution stayed to allow time for the allegations to be fully investigated.
October 16, 2017
Larry Ray Swearingen is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. Forty-six-year-old Larry is convicted of the kidnapping and murder of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter on December 8, 1998, in Montgomery County, Texas. Larry has spent the last 17 years of his life on Texas’ death row.
The execution of Larry Ray Swearingen, originally scheduled to occur at 6 pm CST on February 27, 2013, at the Walls Unit of the Huntsville State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas, has been granted an indefinite stay of execution by Judge Kelly Case, newly elected to the 9th State District Court.Forty-one-year-old Larry was convicted of kidnapping and murdering 19-year-old Melissa Trotter on December 8, 1998, in Montgomery County, Texas.Larry has spent the past 12 years on death row and has had three previous executions stayed.
Larry was born in Montgomery County, Texas on May 21, 1971. He attended school through the 11th grade. Larry worked as an electrician/mechanic until his arrest. Larry had one prior conviction for burglary of a building, for which he received probation. After his arrest for murder, the probation was revoked and he was given a two-year sentence.
Melissa Trotter was a student at Montgomery College in Conroe, Texas. She met Swearingen in the beginning of December 1998. On December 8, 1998, Melissa and Swearingen were observed together in the library. They were seen leaving the campus together by her biology professor, who later identified the man with Melissa as Swearingen. After leaving campus that day, Melissa was never seen or heard from again. On January 2, 1999, her partially nude body was found by two hunters in the Sam Houston National Forest.