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Originally published Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:36 PM

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Ore. killing defendant asks to go to trial quickly

A man accused of fatally slashing a Lake Oswego, Ore., man has told a judge he wants to go to trial as quickly as possible.

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OREGON CITY, Ore. —

A man accused of fatally slashing a Lake Oswego, Ore., man has told a judge he wants to go to trial as quickly as possible.

Doctors at the Oregon State Hospital say 38-year-old Erik John Meiser is fit to stand trial, now scheduled for June 2014.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/13PsO2v) that at a hearing Monday, Meiser told Judge Eve Miller in Clackamas County that 14 months isn't a speedy trial.

But Miller told Meiser his attorneys need the time to prepare a defense.

Meiser is charged with aggravated murder in the killing of 57-year-old Frederick Hayes during a burglary in September. He could face the death penalty.

The judge has scheduled a hearing next month to rule on whether Meiser is mentally competent.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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