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TX Killer Set for Execution, Again: Renée C. Lee of the Houston Chronicle reports Texas death row inmate Larry Swearingen is set to be executed February 27, 2012. Swearingen was convicted in 2000 of the December 8, 1998 kidnapping, sexual assault, and strangulation of a 19-year-old girl. Her body was dumped in a forest and found on January 2, 1999. A reprieve from the state appeals court was issued before he was to be executed on August 18, 2011. This is the fourth execution date set for Swearingen in the last five years.

US Marshals Capture One of 15 Most Wanted in FL: The U.S. Marshals Service reports Felipe Torrealba, one of the agency's 15 Most Wanted, was captured Thursday in Florida. Torrealba was wanted for questioning in the 2012 murder of a 42-year-old man. He also had outstanding warrants for possession and intent to sell cocaine, oxycodone trafficking, aggravated assault with a firearm, resisting officers with violence, aggravated battery of an officer, and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He has an extensive, violent criminal history which began in 2000. Torrealba had eluded capture at least three times, including January, April, and August. He was placed on the Most Wanted list in October.

NRA Calls For Armed Security at Schools: Philip Elliot of the Associated Press reports that National Rifle Association head  Wayne LaPierre told a Washington news conference Friday that every school nationally needs armed police officers to be posted to protect students and faculty. The statement was in response to the Connecticut school shooting last Friday, covered in this News Scan, which claimed the lives of 26 staff members and young students. The shooter also killed his mother before going to the school, and lastly himself. The NRA will have former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchison (R-Ark) lead a program to devise a school security plan which utilizes armed volunteers.

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Hmmm, so Swearingen gets another date . . . .

Hopefully, Hubert Michael and a few of the other murderers who have had their executions unjustly stayed will get new dates soon.

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