Judge Postpones Execution for Houston "Tourniquet Killer"

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TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Hours before he was set to be executed on Wednesday in Huntsville, TX, Anthony Shore, known as the “Tourniquet Killer,” was granted a 90-day stay by a judge, postponing his death row execution.

Prosecutors pushed for the delay because Shore may confess to additional murders, and he told prosecutors he had planned to falsely take responsibility for a fellow inmate’s murder, according to the Houston Chronicle. Harris County District Judge Maria Jackson approved the prosecutors' request.

Shore previously confessed to murdering 15-year-old Laurie Lee Tremblay in 1986, and sexually assaulting and murdering 21-year-old Maria del Carmen Estrada in 1992, 9-year-old Diana Rebollar in 1994, and 16-year-old Dana Sanchez in 1995. He also confessed to breaking into a 14-year-old’s home and raping her in 1993. He was dubbed the “Tourniquet Killer” for strangling his victims over a 9-year-period in the Houston area.

Shore was finally caught in 2003, when Houston police tested his DNA sample obtained back in 1998 after Shore was convicted for molesting his two daughters. (He faced no jail time for abusing his daughters —instead, he payed a $500 fine and was placed on probation for 8 years.)

Police realized Shore’s DNA matched the evidence found on Estrada, his second victim from back in 1992. Shore confessed to Estrada’s murder, and told police about the other girls during his interrogation.

Prosecutors pushed for the execution delay after Shore told them, less than 24 hours before his scheduled execution, that fellow death row inmate Larry Swearingen had asked him to confess to the 1998 murder of Melissa Trotter, which Swearingen was convicted for. Shore said he planned to confess to the murder as a favor to Swearingen, who is scheduled to be executed on November 16, 2017. Swearingen has always insisted he was innocent in Trotter’s murder.

Shore had previously tried to appeal his death sentence to the Supreme Court, hoping to face life in prison instead, but the Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal.

Shore is now scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 18, 2018.


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