New England serial killer requests execution next month

New England serial killer requests execution next month

Michael Ross [JURIST news archive] testified Friday at a hearing that he wants to be executed next month, defending his right to give up his death-row appeals. Ross says that he wants to spare his victims' families additional agony, but his father and a court-appointed lawyer believe that he may be suffering from mental illness and trying to commit state-assisted suicide. Ross is currently scheduled to be executed on May 11 for killing four women in Connecticut in 1983 and 1984 and would be the first person to be executed in New England in 45 years. AP has more.