Texas 'tourniquet killer' set for execution Wednesday

Lester Mason
October 18, 2017

A Texas death row inmate known in Houston as the "Tourniquet Killer" because of the way his victims were strangled is facing lethal injection.

The prosecutor says Swearingen tried a similar scheme before his trial for Trotter's killing. SEE ALSO: Tourniquet Killer's sister wonders if there are more victims, hopes for closureClaims made by Shore were corroborated during an interview with a woman who visited him in prison.

Anthony Shore, the man convicted of raping and killing five young women, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday night in Huntsville, Texas.

The 55-year-old Shore was convicted of using a stick to tightly twist a cord around the neck of 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada. "Due to the untimely nature of the information, the veracity of any of those statements can not be determined without this temporary reprieve", added Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon. The slaying went unsolved for more than a decade until DNA on a particle from beneath her fingernail matched Shore, who by then was a convicted sex offender. The second victim was Estrada in 1992.

Ms Scheel told the Houston Chronicle: 'He should be killed. "But it got out of hand".

"There were voices in my head that I was going to have her, regardless, to possess her in some way", Shore, a former tow truck driver, phone company repairman and part-time musician, told detectives about Estrada.

Shore's other victims included 14-year-old Laurie Tremblay who was killed in 1986, a 14-year-old girl he killed in 1993, nine-year-old Dana Rebollar who was killed in 1994, and 16-year-old Dana Sanchez killed in 1995.


Her body was found in 1992 in the drive-thru lane of a Dairy Queen. Police believe Shore was the caller.

Who were Anthony Shore's alleged victims? All of them were Hispanic.

"Given Shore's status as a serial killer, Shore's possession of these documents generated the remote possibility that Shore had some kind of involvement in Trotter's death", added Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.

"For his brutal acts, the death penalty is appropriate".

The trial judge ultimately asked Shore directly if his lawyers' statements about him wanting the death penalty were accurate. Anthony Allen Shore's clemency request has been refused by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and his court appeals appear exhausted, clearing the way for his execution Wednesday evening.

"If he had his preference, I think he would prefer to live out his life on death row rather than be executed", Knox Nunnally, one of Shore's attorneys, said.

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