(SD)-SD Supreme Court Rejects Another Appeal From Rhines; Execution Still 1 PM CT
After more than a quarter-century on South Dakota's death row, 63-year old Charles Russell Rhines of Rapid City is scheduled for lethal injection at 1:00 CT this afternoon for stabbing to death a former co-worker who interrupted him during a burglary of the Rapid City donut shop where they both worked before Rhines was fired a short time earlier..
One of Rhines' few chances for a last-minute stay ended this morning when the South Dakota Supreme Court rejected based on the argument that the state's choice of drug to be used in the execution doesn't meet the requirement of being "ultra-short-acting" that was in effect at the time of his conviction.
Rhines immediately appealed that ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already has an appeal based on the claims that the jury that sentenced Rhines to death had and anti-gay bias and that the state hasn't allowed him to be examined for cognitive and psychiatric impairments.
Rhines was sentenced to death for the 1992 slaying of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer. Rhines stabbed Schaeffer in the chest and back, then moved him to another part of the donut shop where he
brushed off pleas for mercy before killing Schaeffer by plunging the knife blade into the spinal column at the base of the neck.
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