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The State of South Dakota is scheduled to execute its 20th day row inmate in the state’s history today.  63-year-old Charles Rhines is scheduled to be put to death at 1:30 p.m. today for the murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, a doughnut shop employee in Rapid City during a 1992 burglary.  Rhines was sentenced to death for the murder back in 1993.  It is possible the execution could be delayed as Rhines has two petitions for stay of execution working through the courts, one protesting the drug which will be used in the execution “pentobarbital” and another citing anti-gay bias amongst the jury at the time of the trial. 


Update:  The State Supreme Court has denyed Rhines stay of execution request.


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