Judge schedules hearing on inmate's competence

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon judge has scheduled a hearing next month to decide whether death-row inmate Gary Haugen is competent to waive his appeals and be executed.

A psychologist is to examine Haugen later this month in preparation for the hearing.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Guimond (guh MOND') said Wednesday the hearing will be Sept. 27.

Guimond held a similar competency hearing earlier this year, ruled that Haugen was competent to waive his appeals, and scheduled an execution for this month. But that execution was cancelled after the state Supreme Court ruled that Haugen should be evaluated more thoroughly.