Victim's family slams Ore. gov. over death penalty

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 10:07 AM
Victim's family slams Ore. gov. over death penalty

The former husband of a woman killed by Oregon death row inmate Gary Haugen calls Gov. John Kitzhaber a coward for halting Haugen's execution.

Ard Pratt is a former Multnomah County sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene in 1981 after his ex-wife, Mary Archer, was raped and beaten to death.

Pratt and his daughter, Kathy Pratt, told KGW Tuesday ( that the governor dismissed the law and the will of the people last week when he gave Haugen a reprieve. Ard Pratt says the governor should have put his personal feelings aside.

Haugen was serving a life sentence for killing Mary Archer when he killed another inmate in prison and was sentenced to death.

Haugen also slammed Kitzhaber for stopping the execution, which had been set for Dec. 6.


Information from: KGW-TV,