A death row inmate who is trying to move forward with his execution has been allowed to fire his lawyers.
Earlier this year, a judge gave the OK for Gary Haugen to forgo any further appeals and be killed by lethal injection. But a decision by the Oregon State Supreme Court stopped Haugen's execution after his attorneys said he was delusional and not competent.
At a hearing today at the Marion County Courthouse, a judge granted Haugen's wish for a new lawyer. He is set to receive one within 24 hours.
During the hearing, Haugen said his lawyers used "shady tactics" and had an agenda.
"I don't see any other alternative," Haugen said while asking for his lawyers to be dismissed. "… I'm just trying to get a lawyer that will uphold my rights."
Haugen was sentenced to death for the 2007 murder of fellow inmate David Polin, who suffered 84 stab wounds and a crushed skull. He and one other man mistakenly believed Polin was reporting their drug activities to prison officials.
At the time, Haugen was already in prison for the 1981 murder of his ex-girlfriend's mother.
The last execution in Oregon was in 1997. There are currently 35 men and one woman on death row in Oregon.
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