Gary Haugen: Tentative Dec. 6 execution date set for death row inmate Published: Friday, October 07, 2011, 9:45 AM Updated: Friday, October 07, 2011, 10:06 AM By Helen Jung, The Oregonian
SALEM -- Death row inmate Gary Haugen was declared legally sane today and now faces a tentative Dec. 6 execution date.
Marion County Circuit Judge Joseph Guimond said he expects to sign a death warrant soon.
Haugen, 49, was in court this morning to answer a series of questions from Guimond to determine whether he is mentally competent to drop his appeals.
The judge earlier found that the twice-convicted murderer is fit to assist in his defense and understands why he faces execution.
More The Oregonian’s continuing coverage of Gary Haugen, an Oregon death row prisoner, who wants to initiate the execution process.The twice-convicted killer was sentenced to death in 2007 for the murder of a fellow prison inmate.
His execution would be Oregon's first in 14 years. Harry Charles Moore, who similarly had waived his appeals, was put to death in 1997.
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