Alvin father who killed 3-month-old son in 2008 wants execution

April 25, 2012 2:44:24 PM PDT
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a Galveston judge's decision that allows a convicted killer to refuse legal help and waive appeals of his death sentence for killing his 3-month-old son in 2008.

The ruling Wednesday by the state's highest criminal court accelerates the execution process for 25-year-old Travis Mullis. He had to undergo a psychological exam to ensure he was capable of making the request.

A Galveston jury last year decided Mullis should die for sexually assaulting and fatally stomping his infant son. The boy's body was found on a berm along the Galveston seawall.

Mullis surrendered to police in Philadelphia three days after the attack, confessing that crushing the boy's skull was the only way to make him stop crying.