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Killer who sought death penalty awaits execution

Convicted killer James Porter figured he did society a favor by fatally beating a child molester. Now, he believes he is doing himself a favor by declining to seek any appeals, ensuring a trip to the Texas death chamber on Tuesday.
PTI | By Associated Press, Livingston, Texas
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2005 08:17 PM IST

Convicted killer James Porter figured he did society a favor by fatally beating a child molester, even though he wound up on death row for the slaying.

Now he believes he is doing himself a favor by declining to seek any appeals, ensuring a trip to the Texas death chamber on Tuesday. "I'm the type of individual to face up to my responsibility and my mistakes," Porter said recently in an interview. At his request, no appeals were pending in the courts and no clemency petition was filed with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Porter, 33, was serving a 45-year sentence for the 1995 fatal shooting of a transient when he killed inmate Rudy Delgado in 2000. Court records show Porter smuggled a rock into his cell, put it in a pillowcase and used it to beat Delgado, who was serving a 15-year term for sexually assaulting a child.

"Dude was a homosexual," Porter said of Delgado. He "asked me several times if that was something I might dig. One day, frustration started eating on me, like a little old black shroud covering my eyes."

"I guess at that time, I just lost all my cool and didn't care anymore."

By the time prison officers stopped the attack, Delgado's "face could not be recognized as being that of a human," said James Elliott, who prosecuted Porter. "And I'm not exaggerating that one bit."

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