July 18, 2013 in The Daily Republic
PIERRE (AP) The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday denied further appeals in state court by Charles Russell Rhines, who has been on death row for two decades for the slaying of a man during the burglary of a Rapid City doughnut shop. Continue Reading
February 28, 2013 in The Daily Republic
PIERRE (AP) Attorney General Marty Jackley says a state court judge has rejected a death row inmate’s challenge to South Dakota’s single-drug execution method.
February 26, 2013 in The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS (AP) A man on death row in South Dakota has asked for a new sentencing hearing so he can show that a new relationship with his son and grandchildren provides a reason for him not to be executed, court documents show. Continue Reading
January 3, 2013 in The Daily Republic
In an opinion released Thursday, the South Dakota Supreme Court said Rodney Berget, 50, must get a new sentencing hearing because the circuit judge who sentenced him to die improperly considered a statement Berget made to a psychiatrist.
December 27, 2012 in The Daily Republic
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday for the unveiling of a memorial to 38 Dakota men who were hanged 150 years ago to the day in what is the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
November 1, 2012 in The Daily Republic
The final words of a man executed Tuesday night for killing a 9-year-old girl appeared to some onlookers to mock those witnessing his death, including the child’s mother. But prison officials say that may not have been the case.
October 31, 2012 in The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS (AP) Tina Curl was so eager to see her 9-year-old daughter’s killer executed Tuesday night that she couldn’t even take her seat in the witness room. “I was right up to the glass,” she said afterwards. Continue Reading
October 30, 2012 in The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS (AP) Becky O’Connell left her South Dakota home on a simple errand: to go to the store for sugar so she could make lemonade.
October 29, 2012 in The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS Torrential overnight rains had washed away the blood so the searchers at first thought the pale form lying on the earthen berm might be a mannequin.
October 24, 2012 in The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS (AP) A Sioux Falls woman with loose family ties to death row inmate Donald Moeller has given up her effort to stop Moeller’s upcoming execution.