Portland group opposing Oregon execution

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A group of lawyers and religious leaders in Portland is trying to prevent the execution this summer of death row inmate Gary Haugen.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty hopes to persuade Gov. John Kitzhaber to commute the death sentence. Spokesman Tom O'Connor told The Oregonian it also may take legal action to stop the execution.

The 49-year-old Haugen was in prison for killing his ex-girlfriend's mother in 1981 and was sentenced to die for killing another inmate in 2003. He has waived appeals. The execution date is set for Aug. 16.

It would be the first execution in Oregon since 1997.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com