Serial killer sent to death row 3 times faces 4th sentencing

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 2:40 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three times Dayton Leroy Rogers has been sentenced to death, and three times his sentence has been overturned.

Rogers, who tortured and killed at least six women in the 1980s, returns to a courtroom Tuesday in Oregon to yet again face a jury who could send him to death row. Though that's an option, the former governor has issued a moratorium on executions, and the state hasn't executed anyone since 1997.

The former lawn-mower repairman bound his victims with dog collars and coat hangers, stabbed them repeatedly and mutilated them.

The Oregon Supreme Court overturned his most recent death sentence in 2012, citing errors by a trial judge.

Under state law, a conviction for aggravated murder requires a separate sentencing trial with jurors deciding whether to impose a death sentence.