Posted: July 29, 2011 3:02 PM
“The district attorney took evidence of a friendship and turned it into a murder,” Swearingen said in an interview with the Tribune at the Polunsky Unit in Livingston a day before the stay was issued.Three days after the victim disappeared, Swearingen was arrested on unrelated traffic warrants. Experts who examined the victim’s body said that decomposition showed that she could have been in the woods for a few days up to two weeks, meaning the murder occurred after Swearingen was incarcerated. The Innocence Project is working with James Rytting, Swearingen’s lead attorney, and the rest of Swearingen’s legal team to advocate for a hearing on this scientific evidence.
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