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USA: Man with Claims of Innocence Executed in Texas

, Index number: AMR 51/0940/2019

Lawrence Swearingen, who has been on death row in Texas, USA since 2000, was executed on 21 August 2019. He was convicted on circumstantial evidence in connection with the murder of a young woman; he maintained that he did not kill her, and several forensic experts provided expert opinion supportive of Lawrence Swearingen’s claim of innocence. We will continue to urge authorities to place a moratorium on all executions as a first step towards full abolition of the death penalty.

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