Urgent Action: Man with Claims of Innocence at Risk of Execution (USA: UA 108.19)

Larry Swearingen has been on death row in Texas, USA since 2000 and is scheduled to be executed on 21 August 2019. He was convicted on circumstantial evidence in connection with the murder of a young woman; he has maintained that he did not kill her, and several forensic experts have provided expert opinion supportive of Larry Swearingen’s claim of innocence. We urge authorities to recommend granting clemency and stop his and any future executions.



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Greg Abbott
Governor of Texas
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
Telephone: 512.463.2000
Fax: 512.463.5745
Contact form: https://www.txdirectory.com/contact/
Twitter: @GregAbbott_TX @GovAbbott
Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles
8610 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78757
Fax: (512) 406-5482
Email: [email protected]

Dear Governor Abbott and Board of Pardons and Paroles,

Larry Swearingen has been on death row since 2000, despite being convicted on circumstantial evidence. He has maintained his innocence but is scheduled to be executed on 21 August 2019.

Larry Swearingen was convicted of the murder of a young woman in 1998. Evidence that may have led to his acquittal was not presented at trial and appeals courts could not consider his claims regarding ineffective legal representation because of procedural obstacles. Larry Swearingen’s DNA was not found on evidentiary materials tested in 2019 and several forensic experts supported his innocence claim.

The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. Since 1973, 166 people have been exonerated from death row on innocence grounds. Texas has 9 executions scheduled before December.

I urge you to recommend and grant clemency to Larry Swearingen and stop his and any future executions.