OR serial killer's death sentence vacated

OR serial killer's death sentence vacated

Dayton Leroy Rogers

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by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press

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Posted on October 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 6:30 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Supreme Court has vacated the death sentence of a former lawn mower repairman who was convicted of killing six women in the 1980s in an Oregon forest.

Serial killer Dayton Leroy Rogers has been on and off death row since his conviction in 1989. He admitted to the slayings, but the state Supreme Court struck down Rogers' death sentences in 1992 and 2000.

His latest death sentence, handed down in 2006 by a Clackamas County jury, was vacated on Thursday by the Oregon high court. He will now be resentenced in county court.

The court says a trial judge in the 1980s incorrectly allowed a jury to be empaneled anonymously, and says the judge shouldn't have allowed evidence of Rogers' homosexual experiences as a teenager to be introduced.

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