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Execution Warrant Granted For Charles Rhines

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Charles Rhines is one of two inmates on death row in South Dakota, and if his last appeals fail, he will die in November.

In a short hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday, June 25, a judge granted a warrant of execution while Rhines watched by a videoconference hookup from prison.

Rhines was sentenced to death in 1993 for murdering 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, an employee of the donut shop Rhines was robbing.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more of this report.

Credit State of South Dakota
South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg

Rapid City freelancer Victoria L. Wicks has been producing news for SDPB since August 2007. She Retired from this position in March 2023.