Condemned killer of college student loses appeal

HOUSTON (AP) - A man condemned for killing a 19-year-old Montgomery County college student has lost an appeal for additional DNA testing of evidence.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling Wednesday comes in the case of 38-year-old Larry Swearingen, sent to death row for the abduction and murder Melissa Trotter. The court says even if it granted Swearingen's request, overwhelming evidence pointing to his guilt likely would not change his trial's outcome.

A federal appeals court a year ago spared Swearingen a day before he was scheduled to die. Trotter's body was found in January 1999 in the Sam Houston National Forest south of Huntsville nearly a month after she last seen leaving a college library near Conroe.

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