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Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Convicted killer Rodney Berget says he wants to stop an appeal that’s preventing him from being put to death, but his attorney can't support the move. The issues are enough to delay major action in Rodney Berget’s case for a few months.

Rodney Berget was in a Minnehaha County courtroom Friday. He wants to end his execution appeal.

Judge Douglas Hoffman asked if he understood that waiving his rights is a path to execution. Berget responded "yes".

That wasn’t enough for the judge to authorize a path to execution that day.

Convicted child killer Donald Moeller is set to die by lethal injection at 10:00 tonight. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the latest request for a stay of execution. Moeller was convicted for the 1990 murder of 9-year-old Becky O’Connell. For twenty-two years Moeller denied that he killed O’Connell and lodged nearly every appeal in court battles. Moeller gave up his last appeal several weeks ago when he admitted his guilt and said that he accepts lethal injection as justice.