SALEM -- Marion County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Guimond signed a death warrant Wednesday morning for inmate Gary Haugen, with the execution scheduled for Aug. 16th.

Haugen, 49, was already in prison on a 1981 murder charge when he and another prisoner were convicted of the 2003 murder of a fellow inmate who they mistakenly thought was snitching to guards.

This will be the state's first execution in 14 years. Sixty inmates have been killed in the Oregon Corrections system, two since voters reinstated the death penalty in 1984.

Haugen told Guimond Wednesday morning that he had lost faith in the legal system and has had enough.

Do you want any other person to challenge your death sentence on your behalf, the judge asked Haugen.

Absolutely not, he replied.

More: History of death row in Oregon

Haugen has wanted to die since 2008

He has been trying since 2008 to end all appeals of this death sentence.

Haugen suggested in a hand-written letter dated Jan. 29, 2011, that he will ultimately be executed, and he said the courts needlessly drag out decisions while wasting taxpayer money.

Let's do the math, he wrote in the letter addressed to the state court administrator. Cost to the tax payers v. arbitrary, vindictive death penalty scheme. Sacrifice of a life to bring attention to a costly broken system via media/public opinion.

Most recently, lawyers had tried to get a delay for a mental competency hearing, citing Haugen's fetal alcohol syndrome and attention deficit disorder.

Court documents indicate Dr. Muriel Lezak said that 49-year-old inmate Gary Haugen's thought processes are slow and sluggish.

Attorneys Andy Simrin and Keith Goody said in a document filed Thursday that the doctor's analysis raises serious doubts about Haugen's competency to waive his remaining appeals and proceed with a lethal injection.

The lawyers also said they didn't have access to Haugen's trial records until very recently and haven't had time to adequately determine their client's likelihood of succeeding with an appeal.

Haugen 1st killed NEPortland woman

Haugen was sentenced to death for the 2003 killing of fellow inmate David Polin, a Hillsboro man serving time for attempted murder and drug convictions.

Haugen was convicted along with another inmate in the fatal attack, in which Polin suffered a crushed skull and 84 stab wounds. Authorities said the assailants mistakenly believed that Polin informed corrections officers that they were using drugs.

At the time of Polin's death, Haugen was serving time for the 1981 murder of his former girlfriend's mother in northeast Portland.

The Department of Corrections has obtained three drugs necessary for a lethal injection at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem, agency spokeswoman Jeanine Hohn said. Executioners will substitute pentobarbital in place of the sodium thiopental used in previous Oregon executions, Hohn said.

The drug has been in short supply since its only U.S. manufacturer stopped making it, delaying executions in some states. Both sodium thiopental and pentobarbital are fast-acting barbiturates that in massive intravenous doses will quickly stop a person's breathing and cause death in 10 to 15 minutes.

Two waived appeals in 1990s executions

The state has executed two inmates since voters reinstated the death penalty in 1984, both of whom waived their appeals. Including Haugen, Oregon has 35 men and one woman on death row

Oregon's last execution was in 1997, when Harry Charles Moore was put to death on May 16, 1997.

Douglas Franklin Wright was killed Sept. 6, 1996, the first to die by lethal injection in Oregon.


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