Convicted Murderer Wants Appeals Dropped

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A Huntsville man appeared in court Monday to insist he be executed for a murder he committed in 2005 in Limestone County.

Andrew Lackey killed an 80yearold Athens man on Halloween night seven years ago.

A jury later convicted him and sentenced him to death.

Apparently that can't come soon enough for Lackey, who told a judge he wants to die by lethal injection as soon as possible.

Monday morning, Andrew Lackey fired his attorneys who've represented him during the appeals process and insisted the judge stop any motions filed that could possibly save his life.

Lackey said nothing to reporters as he was leaving the Limestone County courthouse after his hearing.

But he did react to WHNT NEWS 19's question. "Do you want to die?" asked WHNT NEWS 19's Beth Jett. "heh," said Lackey and cracked a smile, still looking forward as he walked to a Sheriff's deputy patrol car.

Lackey took the stand in front of his family and the victim's family and said he wanted to executed by lethal injection as opposed to spending the rest of his life in prison.

"It's not that easy," said Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones. "We're doing everything we can to accommodate mr. lackey's wishes."

Jones said execution is appropriate justice since Lackey stabbed and shot 80-year-old Charlie Newman during a robbery at Newman's home in Athens. Newman bled to death.

WHNT NEWS 19's Beth Jett asked Jones,"Does he deny that?""No," said Jones. "In fact, he has sat up there and said he was sorry for what he's done and he's had time being in prison to understand the seriousness and understand fully the situation he's in."

Speaking for the Newman's family, Jones said the hearing was hard for them.

And Lackey's execution is still likely years away, after the Court of Criminal Appeals reviews Monday's hearing to make sure there were no errors.

Lackey's attorney could file motions on his behalf, but Jones doesn't expect he'll do anything to delay the process.

"He does not want to take the gamble that in the event that the court of criminal appeals were to reverse this and send this back, he's afraid that when we would get this case ready for trial again that he would be sentenced to life without parole," said Jones.

WHNT NEWS 19's Beth Jett asked Lackey, as he was led to the deputy's patrol car, "To the family of the victim, anything you'd like to say?" Lackey didn't answer. He sat down in the backseat of the car and the deputy shut the door.

Jones estimated Lackey could be executed within the next 2 to 3 years.

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