A man who’s on death row after horrifically murdering his young son, is requesting he has a ‘quick death’.
Travis James Mullis, (who’s reported to be 31-years-old and 24-years-old), is on death row in Texas for sexually assaulting and murdering his three-month-old son, Alijah, in 2008.
In an interview, Mullis revealed the horrific and distressing details of his child’s death. He said he was driving in the car alone with his baby, who started to cry. Mullis claims he then tried to console Alijah, but the infant continued to be upset.
In an interview with FOX32, Mullis said:
He started crying. I tried to console him. I thought it would work, but it didn’t work. I sexually assaulted him and killed him.
Mullis, (who’s reported as being 21-years-old at the time of the murder), left his son’s body on the road and fled from Texas to Pennsylvania, but turned himself in to the police a few days later.
He was put in prison and is awaiting the death penalty, but has stated the death sentence is morally appropriate for what he’s done.
He went on to say:
I’m ready to accept my punishment. If I go to hell then I go to hell.
Fox conducted the interview in response to the man’s request to have a quick death, which he wants to be carried out as soon as possible.
According to the Mirror, the killer filed a motion this week to waive his appeals and get rid of his lawyer – acts which he hopes will speed up the process of his sentence and see him enter the death chamber sooner.
He’s previously wrote a letter to the Houston Chronicle, which read:
I support my death sentence and want it carried out ASAP. I was sentenced to death not indefinite detention.
I make stupid decisions, what can I say. I did it on impulse and killed him right after.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the man might actually be in with a chance of getting what he wants.
Robert Dunham, of the Death Penalty Information Center, has explained Mullis typically fits the profile of those who are granted their wishes when they volunteer for execution.
Almost all the volunteers are white males, they almost all have had horrific upbringings, frequently involving serious sexual abuse.
And for most of them, it’s more painful for them to see the mitigating evidence presented than it is to terminate the proceedings and be killed.
Mullis has filed a statement to say his decision is final and should not be altered.
This motion to waive is final and will not be withdrawn under any circumstances. No additional review or consultations with counsel will change this decision to exercise the right to waive appeals.
At the time of writing, (August 3, 2018), there’s been no confirmation or denial of his request.
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