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Execution Alert: Christopher Jay Swift for the murder of his wife Amy Swift and her mother Sandra Stevens Sabeh

dv awarenessTuesday January 30 is the scheduled day for the execution of Christopher Jay Swift. Swift was convicted of the murders of his wife, Amy Sabeh-Swift, who was 8 months pregnant, and her mother Sandra Stevens Sabeh. Both women were strangled in front of Christopher and Amy’s 5 year old son, who Swift abandoned at a motel the next day. The boy was able to tell the police that his dad killed his mom and grandma.

The 5-year-old boy wandering the lobby of a Days Inn in suburban Dallas began attracting attention when a couple hours passed and no one showed up to claim him. He’d been watching cartoons and the front desk staff gave him some breakfast, but he was getting frightened. When police were called, he made a startling disclosure.“Basically he was saying: ‘Daddy killed mommy and he killed grandma, too,'” former Denton County Assistant District Attorney Lee Ann Breading said.


The next day, after Swift was arrest, he made a full confession, even blaming his own son at one point. During the trial, his attorneys tried to put on a psychiatric defense, but he said that there would not be a rigorous defense. Basically speaking, he expected and wanted to be convicted. He obviously had a death wish too. He chose the fast-track to execution, which I wish more would do, but I am surprised that some do.

Swift’s wife worked as an aide at the Denton State School for the mentally disabled and the couple had been married six years although at one point Swift had filed for divorce. Four days after their wedding, he started a four-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to assaulting a Texas state trooper in 1996 and a Denton County woman in 1997. He also pleaded guilty to an assault charge for shoving and choking his wife in March 1996, driving while intoxicated and fleeing a police officer. In 1992, he pleaded guilty to evading arrest.Prosecutors said Swift, who had a history of alcohol abuse and drug use, quit his job at a concrete company because they asked him to take a drug test. When he came home, his decision sparked an argument with his wife that led to the slayings, prosecutors said.


Somehow, I am not surprised that he is where he is.

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Offender Information

Name Swift, Christopher Jay
TDCJ Number 999496
Date of Birth 02/12/1975
Date Received 04/11/2005
Age (when Received) 30
Education Level (Highest Grade Completed) 10

Date of Offense 04/29/2003
Age 28
County Denton
Race White
Gender Male
Hair Color Brown
Height 5′ 9″
Weight 150
Eye Color Brown
Native County Dallas
Native State Texas
Prior Occupation

Prior Prison Record
TDCJ# 796672 on a 4 year sentence from Denton County for 2 counts of Aggravated Assault.

Summary of Incident
On 4/29/2003 in Denton County, Texas, Swift killed his wife, a twenty-nine year old white female, by strangling her with his hands and striking her in the face with his fist approximately five times. Swift also killed his mother-in-law by strangling her with his hands.


Race and Gender of Victim
Two White Females


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