Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant's killing and this week he's hoping to get his wish.

The 27-year-old Lopez is set to die Wednesday evening in Huntsville after getting court approval to drop his appeals. It's the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state.

Lopez is facing lethal injection for the 2009 death of Corpus Christi Lt. Stuart Alexander during a chase. Alexander was struck and killed by Lopez's speeding SUV on the side of a highway where he had put spike strips.

Lopez says it's a waste of time sitting on death row.