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Four pathologists back death row inmate's innocence claim
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Source: American-Statesman

Four pathologists back death row inmate's innocence claim
Swearingen, slated to die Tuesday in college student's 1998 murder, was in jail at time, 4 now say.
By Chuck Lindell

AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Saturday, January 24, 2009

Four forensic pathologists agree that Larry Swearingen, set to be executed Tuesday, could not have committed the 1998 murder that sent him to death row.

The four include the medical examiner whose testimony helped secure Swearingen's guilty verdict. That medical examiner now says college student Melissa Trotter's curiously preserved body could not have lain in the East Texas woods for more than 14 days and probably was there for a much shorter time.

The results mean Swearingen was in jail when the 19-year-old's body was left behind, the pathologists say.

"It's just scientifically impossible for him to have killed the girl and thrown her into the woods," said James Rytting, Swearingen's appellate lawyer. "It's guilt by imagination."



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