Victim family slams OR Gov. over death penalty



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The former husband of a woman killed by Gary Haugen calls Gov. John Kitzhaber a coward for halting his execution.

Ard Pratt is a former Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy who had responded to the scene in 1981 after his ex-wife Mary Archer was raped and beaten to death.

Pratt and his daughter Kathy Pratt are among those who have followed Haugen’s case.

They talked to KGW Tuesday ( ) and said the governor dismissed the law and the will of the people last week when he gave Haugen a reprieve.

Ard Pratt says the governor should have put his person feelings aside.

Haugen was serving a life sentence for killing Archer when he killed another inmate in prison and was sentenced to death. The execution had been scheduled for Dec. 6.


Information from: KGW-TV,