Larry Swearingen is scheduled to be executed Wednesday by the State of Texas. It was 19 years ago that Swearingen was convicted of the abduction, rape and murder of Melissa Trotter. This is the sixth time that Swearingen had a date with death in the Texas prison system. But lingering questions about his guilt have caused the courts to repeatedly step in.
Austin Eubanks was a 17-year-old when he survived the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. He watched his best friend die. In the years following, he struggled with addiction, got clean, and became a motivational speaker. He detailed his experiences in a TEDx Talk in 2017 in Denver. In April, Eubanks died of a heroin overdose. Eubanks is not the only person who survived a mass shooting, or lost someone in a mass shooting, to later succumb to the lingering impact of trauma and grief.