“A death row inmate who claimed he was innocent and that his conviction for rape and murder was based on junk science has been executed in Texas.
“Larry Swearingen was given a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the December 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.
“The 48-year-old’s final words were “Lord forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing” – similar to the last words spoken by Jesus Christ in the Bible before he died on the cross.
“Swearingen was convicted and sentenced to die in 2000 for the abduction, rape and murder of the Houston student.”
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