A child killer with more decency than his attorneys

In 2002, Marco Allen Chapman killed two small children. His lawyers, whom he dismissed in 2004 when he entered a guilty plea, questioned his competence over that decision.

However, Chapman sounded remarkably coherent when he told a judge, “I say we should go ahead and get it over with and done. … I should be able to do what I want to do and go ahead and have the execution put forth.” He says he doesn’t want to “drag out the misery” for himself and his victims’ families.

If the Supreme Court agrees with Chapman — and so far it has, rejecting the defense team’s arguments that his request for a speedy execution amounts to state-assisted suicide — he could be executed as early as November 21.