Judge nears decision on Haugen's execution request

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon death row inmate is likely to find out Friday whether he will get his wish to be executed.

A Marion County judge will ask a series of questions of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen before deciding whether Haugen is competent to end his appeals and die by lethal injection. If the judge finds Haugen competent, he could immediately to sign a death warrant that schedules the execution.

The judge last week ruled that Haugen can make reasoned decisions, but he stopped short of formally approving the execution.

Haugen was convicted for the jailhouse murder of a fellow inmate. At the time, Haugen was serving a sentence for the murder of his former girlfriend's mother.