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Killer Who Threatened Texas Senator Renews Death Wish



    Texas death row inmate Richard Tabler (inset) says he wants to forgo the appeals process and speed up his execution.

    The Texas prisoner who threatened a senator from death row using a smuggled cell phone is renewing his push to drop his appeals and be executed.

    Richard Tabler says in a letter to The Associated Press he's upset that his efforts to die have been blocked in the courts.

    The convicted killer is also unhappy with 24-hour video monitoring and a ban on nearly all his visitors.

    Tabler's cell phone calls in 2008 prompted an unprecedented lockdown of the Texas prison system and a contraband sweep.

    Tabler calls his phone use "idiotic" and blames it for the court's refusal to comply with his request for a speedy execution. He says "it's no longer about justice."

    But even Tabler's lawyers have refused to support his request and have challenged his competency.