LIVINGSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - A family is hoping for closure after the rape and murder of Melissa Trotter in 1998. Larry Swearingen was convicted in those crimes and sentenced to the death penalty in 2000.
Swearingen's attorneys have appealed his case over and over again, maintaining his innocence and seeking for more DNA testing. For a fifth time, a judge has set an execution date for him. The case has sparked a change in Texas law regarding DNA tests.
FOX 26 News reporter Randy Wallace, who obtained an exclusive interview with Swearingen, explains to anchor Kaitlin Monte how the DNA testing rules impacts Texas death row cases in this edition of Debrief.