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Second inmate requests execution

HARTFORD --A second inmate on death row has announced his desire to forgo appeals and face execution, possibly setting the stage for another flurry of court action like the one surrounding serial killer Michael Ross.

Sedrick Cobb, sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping, and killing a 23-year-old woman in 1989, said he wants to drop his appeals in a letter to Superior Court Judge Stanley T. Fuger Jr., The Hartford Courant reported.

Fuger presided over a lengthy hearing last year on Cobb's claim that he was not adequately represented by his lawyers during his trial.

''I do this without stress, mental duress, it's just the right time," Cobb wrote to the judge.

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