Death-row inmate heading back to Salem court
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon death-row inmate who wants to fast-track his execution is heading back to a courtroom in Salem.
A Marion County Circuit Court judge will hold a hearing Thursday, likely to discuss psychological evaluations of 49-year-old inmate Gary Haugen and a timeframe for determining whether he is competent to waive his remaining appeals.
Haugen has been convicted twice of murder. His execution was scheduled for next month, but it was canceled after his lawyers said they believed he was delusional and incompetent to decide not to appeal.
Haugen won a bid last week to fire his lawyers. Thursday's hearing will be the first with his new attorney.