Death row inmate from central Pennsylvania again asking court to hasten his execution



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ALTOONA, Pennsylvania — A central Pennsylvania man on death row for killing his ex-lover's husband in 1998 is again asking a judge to hasten his execution.

Fifty-three-year-old William Wright III became frustrated with appeals process and in 2007 asked a federal judge in Johnstown to force the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to decide his case.

When that court upheld his conviction and death sentence, a federal judge nonetheless stayed the execution pending federal appeals — which Wright's attorneys sought but he didn't want. Finally, a judge in Blair County, where Wright was convicted, in 2012 ruled Wright wasn't mentally competent to represent himself.

Wright's been fighting that and the Altoona Mirror (http://bit.ly/1DrpDec ) reports he's filed another request Thursday to hasten his execution.

Wright has claimed his various attorneys have wrongly focused on his mental state instead of simply arguing his innocence.

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