Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Thirteenth Execution in Texas This Year Proceeds Without Fanfare

Mario Swain

Mario Swain

Mario Swain, 33, was executed in Hunstville, Texas, on November 8, 2012, for the brutal murder of Lola Nixon, beaten with a tire iron, stabbed and strangled in her home two days after Christmas in 2002.

After the murder Nixon’s blood was found all over her house, indicating a struggle, and on Swain’s clothing in his truck. He had her car keys and garage door opener, her credit cards and a piece of her jewelry that he gave to a friend. At his trial evidence showed that he stalked his victims, that his attacks were premeditated, following a pattern: He forced the victims to inhale the anesthetic halothane before bludgeoning or tasering them. Ultimately he led police to where he had dumped Nixon’s remains.

In October 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear his case. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals rejected his appeal. The man prosecutors described as “a serial killer in training” had no last words, no last meal, no friends or family at the execution, and according to his lawyer, James Volberding, no late attempts to stay his execution, the 13th this year in Texas.

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