A Virginia inmate is fighting his former attorneys for the right to be executed next week.

Attorneys that represented Robert Gleason, Junior are asking a federal court to reappoint them to the case. They want to appeal his death sentence.

They argue, in court documents filed Monday, Gleason was not competent to waive his appeals and that his condition has gotten worse because of his solitary confinement on death row.

Gleason is scheduled to be executed on January 16th. He was serving a life sentence when authorities say he killed his cellmate in 2009 at Wallen's Ridge State Prison. He vowed in court to keep killing unless given the death penalty. Investigators say he strangled another inmate in 2010.