New trial for Oregon death row inmate in murder case

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Lane County judge has set a new trial date for a man previously sentenced to death for the aggravated murder of a Springfield resident in 1993.

The Register Guard reported Thursday that Jeffrey Dale Tiner’s death sentence was overturned in 2011 when a judge found he wasn’t given a proper defense during the sentencing phase of his trial.

In March, the Oregon appeals court went further and found that the 59-year-old Tiner must be retried on the aggravated murder charge and not just resentenced.

Tiner was convicted in 2000 of intentional murder and aggravated murder in the death of Springfield resident James Salmu.

A jury found that Tiner killed the 34-year-old Salmu and buried his body in a forest east of Springfield.

A new trial is set for 2019.