Group asks Oregon Supreme Court to block execution



SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A group opposed to the death penalty has filed a motion with the Oregon Supreme Court in an attempt to block the execution of twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen.

A Marion County judge this month found Haugen competent to waive his appeals and be executed. The Oregon Capital Resource Center filed the Supreme Court motion on Monday, arguing that a psychologist’s report suggesting Haugen may be incompetent was improperly ignored.

The organization also argues that one of Haugen’s current lawyers has a conflict of interest because he represented Haugen at trial.

Marion County Judge Joseph Guimond said he likely would sign a death warrant authorizing Haugen’s execution, but he hasn’t yet done so. The execution has been tentatively scheduled for Dec. 6.