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Death Row Inmate Wants To Fire Attorneys, Expedite Execution

A death row inmate in Asheville wants to fire his attorneys and expedite his execution. But a judge won't grant the request until a mental evaluation is completed.

James Floyd Davis was convicted in the 1995 murders of three co-workers at the Union Butterfield plant in Asheville. Davis could continue appealing his case for several years.

But during a recent hearing in Buncombe County Superior Court, Davis told Judge Ronald Payne that he wanted to die -- for closure.

Payne ordered a mental evaluation to make sure the 58-year-old Davis was capable of making the decision. Davis is now being evaluated at the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh.

Defense attorney Leah Broker says she has tried to convince Davis otherwise. Broker says she doesn't think Davis is making the right decision -- but she acknowledges that living in isolation on death row is difficult.


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