Killer who called Texas senator renews death wish

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 14 at 5:34 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — 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.

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