Ore. death row inmate back in court Thursday

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon death row inmate who wants to waive his appeals is heading back to court.

A Marion County judge is holding a status conference Thursday on the request by inmate Gary Haugen, who has been convicted twice of brutal murders. The judge had scheduled Haugen’s execution for next month. It was canceled after the state Supreme Court ruled that Haugen should be more thoroughly evaluated to determine whether he is competent to waive his appeals.

Haugen has sought to have his lawyers dismissed and has complained that they’re trying to spare his life against his wishes.