Alexander Kursman

SD Department of Corrections

Death-row inmate Charles Rhines has exhausted his direct appeals in court and is scheduled to die sometime in the first week of November.

But his attorneys are still working on a couple of potential legal roadblocks.

Rhines goes to court on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Sioux Falls to challenge drug protocols.

And an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals panel says he can still plead for leniency from the governor.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

SD Department of Corrections

The execution date for South Dakota inmate Charles Rhines is set for the week of Nov. 3. The warden will announce an exact day and time 48 hours ahead of time.

Rhines is seeking clemency from the governor and wants mental health experts to examine him to bolster his case. The prison warden has refused to allow it, and a federal circuit court upheld the warden's position.

Rhines took the issue to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Thursday, Sept. 26.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.