Court again rules against Ore. man's death penalty

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has again ruled against the death sentence for a 52-year-old man who has been convicted of two murders and is one of the longest-serving inmates on the state's death row.

The decision Thursday involves the killing of a woman found buried a yard in 1988. It was the third time the court has ruled against the death sentence for Robert Langley Jr. in that case.

The court said the judge at sentencing erred in dealing with Langley's disputes with lawyers.

Prosecutors in Marion County say they'll seek the death penalty again.

In a separate case involving a man found buried at the State Hospital, Langley's death sentence also was thrown out. Later, a judge imposed a life sentence with a minimum of 30 years.

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