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  Killer who fought to speed his own death is executed
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News DateFriday, May 13, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA SERIAL killer who fought to hasten his own execution - and was forced to prove he was not insane - was put to death yesterday in New England’s first execution in 45 years.

Michael Ross, 45, died by lethal injection after fighting off attempts by public defenders, death penalty foes and his own family to save his life.

Ross was sent to death row for the murders of four young women and girls in Connecticut in the 1980s, and confessed to four more killings in Connecticut and New York. He also raped most of the women.

"The execution of Michael Bruce Ross has been carried out," warden Christine Whidden said shortly after Ross was pronounced dead at 2:25am local time.

Jodi Rell, the Connecticut governor, said: "Today is a day no-one truly looked forward to, but then no-one looked forward to the brutal, heinous deaths of those eight young women. I hope that there is at least some measure of relief and closure for their families."

The execution of Ross was the 22nd in the United States in 2005. In McAlester, Oklahoma, a man convicted of beating and stabbing an Oklahoma City motel clerk and pouring acid down his throat was put to death on Thursday.

There were 59 executions last year in the US.
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