Jason Brumwell was sentenced to death by the State of Oregon for a prison murder. According to court documents Jason Brumwell who was was serving a life sentence for a robbery committed with fellow death row inmate Michael Hayward would murder a fellow inmate along with the help of Gary Haugen. Jason Brumwell and Gary Haugen would be sentenced to death.
Jason Brumwell 2021 Information
|Offender Name:||Brumwell, Jason Van|
|Age:||45||DOB:||09/1975||Location:||Snake River Correctional Institution|
|Gender:||Male||Race:||White Or European Origin||Status:||AIC|
|Height:||5′ 10”||Hair:||Brown||Field Admission Date:||01/30/1996|
|Weight:||205 lbs||Eyes:||Hazel||Earliest Release Date:||Death|
Gary Haugen 2021 Information
Offender Name: Haugen, Gary
Location:Snake River Correctional Institution
Race:White Or European Origin
Field Admission Date:11/09/1981
Earliest Release Date:Death
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Jason Van Brumwell was serving a life sentence for robbery and his participation in the murder of a West Eugene convenience store clerk in April 1994. Then in 2007 Brumwell, along with fellow inmate Gary Haugen, was convicted in the killing of fellow prison inmate David Shane Polin, 31, in the activities area at the Salem prison.
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A twice-convicted killer from Eugene deserves a second chance to demonstrate to a jury that he does not belong on Oregon’s death row, a judge has ruled.
Circuit Judge Gayle Nachtigal issued a written opinion last week that could mean Jason Van Brumwell will eventually return to a Marion County courtroom for a new penalty phase in a trial related to the 2003 murder of prison inmate David Polin, who suffered a crushed skull and 84 stab wounds when Brumwell and fellow inmate Gary Haugen attacked him inside the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Brumwell was sentenced to death for the brutal slaying.
Attorneys for the state have not yet decided if they will appeal Nachtigal’s ruling in the post-conviction relief case.
Nachtigal upheld Brumwell’s murder conviction but wrote in her opinion that his attorneys failed “to exercise professional skill and judgment” by not offering evidence that could have swayed the jury to reject the death penalty sought by prosecutors.
Had the lawyers done a better job, “there is a reasonable probability” that the jury would have sentenced Brumwell to a life sentence, the judge wrote.
At the time of the prison killing, Brumwell was already serving life behind bars for his role in the so-called “Dari Mart murder” of a store clerk in west Eugene. Brumwell nearly beat to death a second clerk during the 1994 incident.
Marion County prosecutors presented evidence from the Dari Mart case — including information regarding Brumwell’s interest in satanism and “death metal” music — to jurors who returned the death sentence.
Prosecutors in the prison murder trial also had a doctor testify that Brumwell would present a danger to other inmates were he to continue living among the penitentiary’s general population.
Brumwell’s trial lawyers, however, made “no effort … to contradict (the doctor’s) opinion or to offer a different alternative,” Nachtigal wrote. She added that, furthermore, there “does not appear to have been much, if any, effort to locate an expert to explain Mr. Brumwell to the jury,”
Asked if her agency plans to ask the state Court of Appeals to review Nachtigal’s opinion, Oregon Department of Justice spokeswoman Kristina Edmunson said attorneys involved in Brumwell’s case are “reviewing all of (their) options.”
Kathleen Correll, a Portland attorney representing Brumwell in the post-conviction relief case, declined comment.
Brumwell, 39, made headlines last year when he informed the Oregon Supreme Court that he wanted to drop his appeal and was prepared to be executed. He canceled that request several weeks later.
Since Oregon voters in 1984 reinstated capital punishment, just two inmates have died via lethal injection — one in 1996, the other a year later. Both were executed after choosing not to pursue appeals past an initial review by the state Supreme Court, which is automatically triggered every time a murderer is sentenced to death in Oregon.
Another man involved in the Dari Mart murder, Michael Hayward, has been on death row ever since he was found guilty in the case in 1996. The two other men who participated in the killing testified for the prosecution during trials for Brumwell and Hayward, and took plea deals. Both have since been released from prison.