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02/13/07 - Dallas, Texas

Texas Seven Escapee Looking To Speed Up Execution

A prison escapee who helped kill an Irving police officer on Christmas Eve 2000 notified court officials he wants to drop all appeals to speed up his execution.

Michael Anthony Rodriguez would become the first member of the notorious Texas Seven escapees to face execution.

Rodriguez was convicted of capital murder in May 2002 in the death of the police officer.

Last month a judge ordered the 44-year-old Rodriguez to undergo psychological evaluation to determine whether he is competent to waive his appeals.

Rodriguez wrote a letter dated Febrary 2nd declaring his intention to seek dismissals of his appeals after the psychological evaluation.

The inmates who became known as the "Texas Seven" overpowered some prison workers at the Connally Unit, near Kenedy in South Texas.

They took the workers' clothes and fled in a pickup truck after taking 16 guns from the prison armory.

They committed a string of robberies, ending with the Christmas Eve holdup at an Irving sporting goods store where officer Aubrey Hawkins.

They were found a month later in Colorado. One committed suicide before he was captured. The other six were later convicted and sentenced to death.

Story courtesy of the Associated Press.

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