SALEM, Ore. -- The new defense lawyer for an Oregon death-row inmate who wants to fast-track his execution has withdrawn a request that a judge be removed from the case.
Attorney Gregory Scholl withdrew the request in a Marion County Circuit Court hearing on Thursday. The motion was filed by 49-year-old inmate Gary Haugen's previous lawyers, who argued that Judge Joseph Guimond was not an impartial arbiter. Haugen objected to the initial request in court.
But on Thursday, he told the judge, thank you.
I think that you've been most gracious and very, very patient in this matter and I can't express my appreciation and gratitude fro that from you during these proceedings, Haugen said.
Haugen has been convicted twice of murder. His execution was scheduled for next month, but it was canceled after his previous lawyers said they believed he was delusional and incompetent to decide not to appeal.
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Haugen will be evaluated by at least one mental health expert, who will help the court decide whether he is competent.
On August 3rd, he will have a status conference in the Marion County Courthouse. And later that month, he will undergo a mental evaluation with Dr. Richard Hulteng.
Depending on those findings, there will be a death warrant hearing scheduled for a later date, if necessary.