Lake O murder suspect sent to state hospital

Erik Meiser in court on March 10, 2014.

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Posted on March 10, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 4:21 PM

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- The suspect in a fatal 2012 machete attack on a 57-year-old Lake Oswego man is still not mentally fit to stand for his June trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Erik John Meiser is accused of attacking Fritz Hayes 57, with a machete and killing him after burglarizing his Lake Oswego home on Sept. 17, 2012.  The bloody machete, with Meiser's fingerprints on it, was found nearby, according to court documents. Meiser was captured by U.S. Marshals in Corvallis after a five-day manhunt.

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Monday's deciscion may require rescheduling Meiser's trial that had been set for June.

On Monday, the judge ruled that Meiser, 37, is delusional and needs further treatment at the Oregon State Mental Hospital.  This will be third time that a new psychological evaluation has been ordered. 

The ex-con with a long criminal record has stopped taking the anti-psychotic medications that had been helping him, according to doctors.

Meiser could face the death penalty if found guilty on the aggravated murder charge.

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Meiser is also the prime suspect in a slashing that injured a Utah man and he's a person of interest in the killing of a camper in Washington state.

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