Dayton Leroy Rogers Off Death Row (Again)on October 14, 2012 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
Dayton Leroy Rogers, who was convicted in 1989 of killing six women, has been in and out of death row several times already. The Oregon Supreme Court struck down his death sentences in 1992 and 2000.
His most recent death sentence was handed down in 2006, has again been overturned. The Supreme Court found errors by trial judge Ronald D. Thom, saying that he didn’t establish:
…strong and particular grounds for believing that the jurors’ identities needed to be protected…
When the jury was empanelled. Additionally, the judge incorrectly allowed the introduction of evidence of Rogers’ homosexual experiences as a teenager.
Rogers will be resentenced in county court.
All this probably doesn’t matter. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has declared a moratorium on executions while he is in office. Oregon has not executed anyone since 1997, and has only executed two people since 1978.