A jury this week sentenced Dayton Leroy Rogers, one of Oregon's most prolific serial killers, to death for the fourth time, an ultimately symbolic decision in a state that has not executed anyone in nearly 20 years, reported the Associated Press.
Dayton Leroy Rogers, 62, who killed eight women in the 1980s, had previously been sentenced to death three times for his crimes, and each time the penalty was overturned on legal grounds. The jury's new verdict comes despite a moratorium on executions imposed by the past two governors.
Rogers apologized in court Friday. He told jurors the word "sorry" was inadequate, but he was sorry for taking "eight precious lives."
Prosecutors said Rogers, a former lawn-mower repairman, drove to Portland to solicit prostitutes, plied them with alcohol and took them to remote locations where he tied them up and tortured them. He was dubbed the Molalla Forest Killer because the bodies were discovered in a forest in the small town of Molalla.
The state Supreme Court struck down Rogers' death sentences in 1992, 2000 and 2012. The first time was to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that invalidated Oregon's death penalty law.
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