Richard Amos, who was previously incarcerated for 20 years for murder, is now being charged with the strangling death of a graduate student of the University of Colorado. Although the prosecution intends to seek life imprisonment, Amos insists that the death penalty is a fair punishment. He even went so far as to threaten the life of a police officer in order to have his wish fulfilled. At his hearing, he waived his right to an attorney and opted to represent himself in court, hoping to end the trial as quickly as possible.
It can be argued for many states that there is an effective moratorium on the death penalty, due to the extreme lengths of time many inmates spend on death row. This is especially true for a state like Colorado, which has had only three executions in the past 30 years.
Amos is scheduled for an hearing October 5 where he will be able to enter his plea for execution. "I am trying to do the right thing - one last thing" he insists. "And I can't even get support on that."
This isn't exactly without precedent. Gary Gilmore received the death sentence for a murder conviction in 1976, and he too wished to be executed. Although his lawyers filed appeals on his behalf, against his wishes, he rejected the appeals and was executed in January of 1977. The trial and execution was made into a book written by Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song.
Accused killer seeks execution [Rocky Mountain News]