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Texas inmate wants to be put to death for officer's killing; lawyers seek to halt execution

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, speaks from a visiting cage outside death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Lopez, who has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant’s killing, is scheduled to die Aug. 12, the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas,  (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)

In this Aug. 5, 2015 photo, Daniel Lee Lopez, 27, speaks from a visiting cage outside death row at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Polunsky Unit near Livingston, Texas. Lopez, who has been trying to speed up his execution since being sent to death row five years ago for a police lieutenant’s killing, is scheduled to die Aug. 12, the first of two executions scheduled this week in Texas, (AP Photo/Michael Graczyk)  (The Associated Press)

Texas inmate Daniel Lee Lopez wants to be put to death for striking and killing a police lieutenant with an SUV during a chase more than six years ago.

Despite his wishes and court rulings that he was competent to make that decision, his attorneys are taking their push to halt the punishment to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 27-year-old's lethal injection set for Wednesday evening would be the 10th this year in Texas, the nation's most active death penalty state.

Lopez was condemned for the March 2009 death of Stuart Alexander. The Corpus Christi lieutenant was standing in a grassy area on the side of a highway where he had put spike strips when he was struck by the SUV that Lopez was fleeing in.