Scheduled Execution Divides Connecticut

He could be the poster child for the death penalty.

Convicted serial killer Michael Ross (search) is set to be the first Connecticut death row inmate to be executed since 1960.

Although Ross has accepted his fate and refuses any court challenges that could delay his Jan. 26 lethal injection, death-row opponents are fighting to keep him alive.

"We are not here as advocates of Michael Ross," said Robert Nave of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty (search). "We're here as advocates of the people of Connecticut."

Ross has killed at least eight women. He was sentenced to death for the murders and rapes of four Connecticut women in the early 1980s, is serving life sentences for the murders of two other Connecticut women, has been convicted of the murder of a New York woman and has confessed to the killing of another New York woman.

Ross' attorney said his client is ready to be executed if that will bring peace of mind to relatives of his victims.

"He does not want to put the victims' family members through anymore of this," said T.R. Paulding (search). "This has gone on long enough ... He wants closure for them."

But Connecticut public defenders plan to go to court Wednesday hoping to convince a judge to let them represent Ross in fighting his execution, arguing he is not mentally competent.

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