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(S.D.)-Death Row Inmate Challenges Execution Method

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 12/20/2012 07:44 AM

     RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A death-row inmate in South Dakota is challenging the state's single-drug execution protocol.
 
     Charles Russell Rhines appeared in 7th Circuit Court on Tuesday to hear recorded testimony from health care experts about the one-drug method.
 
     Rhines has been sentenced to death for the 1992 fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer during the burglary of a Rapid City doughnut shop. His conviction and death sentence was upheld in September, and now Rhines is challenging the constitutionality of the state's one-drug protocol.
 
     A judge will rule on the legality at a later date.
 
     Rhines can appeal the decision to the South Dakota Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press)


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