Oregon serial killer appeals death sentence

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court is considering the latest death-row appeal from the state's most prolific serial killer, centering on a claim from his attorneys that a Clackamas County trial judge erred in the jury-selection process.

The attorneys for Dayton Leroy Rogers said Thursday the trial judge's order precluding Rogers from learning the identities of potential jurors undercut his ability to help his attorneys pick an impartial jury, the Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/w2ITD5 ).

The 58-year-old Rogers, housed on death row at the Oregon State Penitentiary, did not attend Thursday's court proceeding.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has issued a moratorium on death sentences.

Rogers was convicted in 1989 of killing six women two years earlier. Since then, the court has twice struck down death sentences imposed on him.