Salem Oregon

Oregon – death-row inmate Gary Haugen in court this week

July 22, 2012

SALEM — Oregon death-row inmate Gary Haugen is heading back to court this week in his bid to carry out his death sentence.

Gov. John Kitzhaber granted Haugen an unwanted reprieve on Nov. 22 two weeks before the twice-convicted murderer was to be executed.

The Statesman Journal reports that Timothy Alexander, a senior judge from Washington County, will hear arguments in Haugen’s civil suit on Tuesday in Marion County Circuit Court. He is not expected to decide the case immediately.

Kitzhaber vowed at his Nov. 22 announcement there would be no executions carried out as long as he was governor.

Oregon has executed two people since voters reinstated the death penalty in 1984.