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Ore. Death Row Inmate, 64, Dies Of Natural Causes

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon prison authorities say death row inmate Allen Gary Zweigart has died at 64 of natural causes. He had been on death row nine years.

He was convicted in Columbia County of killing his wife, Hong Ha Zweigart, in 2002.

According to state records, that leaves 34 men and one woman on death row.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has suspended executions. One inmate, Gary Haugen, has unsuccessfully pressed the courts to order the state to execute him.

Court records show Zweigart was a supermarket employee who plotted to kill his wife and hired the nephew of his lover to pull a fake invasion-robbery.

But the teenager couldn’t go through with the killing, so Zweigart grabbed a gun and the shot the victim himself.

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