SALEM -- The suspect in the stabbing death of a 57-year-old Lake Oswego man in September was sent for a mental evaluation after a court appearance Tuesday.

Erik John Meiser, 37, was charged with aggravated murder, burglary and robbery in connection with the death of Fritz Hayes in his home on September 17, according to court documents.

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Meiser appeared before Judge Eve Miller Tuesday morning and she ruled that he was unable to aid in his own defense. He was sent to the Oregon State Hospital for a mental evaluation.

He will return to court on February 4 for a status check.

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

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