July 24, 2012
SALEM, Ore. – Twice convicted murderer Gary Haugen is asking the state of Oregon to execute him. The death row inmate appeared in a Marion County courtroom today . He’s challenging an order by Governor John Kitzhaber that placed a moratorium on the death penalty while the Democrat is in office.
Haugen’s attorney Harrison Latto told the judge the reprieve leaves his client with an uncomfortable level of uncertainty.
“For the reason also that the reprieve is clearly not for Mr. Haugen’s benefit, he will have to endure what he considers to be onerous conditions”
Attorneys for the state countered that an inmate can’t refuse an unconditional benefit granted by the governor.
Judge Timothy Alexander said there was no need for Haugen himself to make any statements at this hearing. It’s not clear when he will make his final decision.