Texas executes man convicted of killing college coed

Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen is scheduled to receive a lethal injection just after 6 p.m. Wednesday in Huntsville for the 1998 murder of a 19-year-old community college coed. (Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice photo)
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KWTX Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen, 40, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening in Huntsville for the 1998 killing of 19-year-old Melissa Trotter.

Trotter, a student at what then was known as Montgomery College, near Conroe was found dead in January 1999 some 20 miles away in Sam Houston National Forest south of Huntsville, nearly a month after she disappeared after leaving the school library.

Swearingen's attorneys had urged the Supreme Court to stop the execution, alleging prosecutors used "false and misleading testimony" related to blood evidence and a piece of pantyhose used to strangle Trotter, but the high court rejected the appeal.

Swearingen was the 12th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fourth in Texas, the nation's busiest capital punishment state.

Eleven more executions are scheduled in Texas this year