'Tourniquet Killer' Gets Stay of Execution

Death-row denizen Anthony Allen Shore – the convicted “Tourniquet Killer,” so nicknamed for his signature means of murder – has been granted a stay of execution by Gov. Greg Abbott.

The 90-stay was announced only hours before his scheduled execution Wednesday.

The stay was granted because two DAs want to look into the killer’s claim that another death row inmate, Larry R. Swearingen, tried to get him to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. 

Shore claimed Swearingen wanted him to admit to the 1998 killing of Melissa Trotter.

Swearingen is to be executed next month for Trotter's murder.

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