Killing

Murder Hornets captured the news cycle early May when the giant, 2-inch yellow and black native to Southeast Asia was discovered 1400 miles away in Blaine, Washington. Capable of killing an entire colony of 60,000 honeybees in just a few short hours - SDPB’s Lura Roti reached out to learn what South Dakota’s beekeepers and entomologists have to say about the Asian Giant Hornet.     

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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.

Rodney Berget's New Hearing

Jan 3, 2013

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for convicted killer Rodney Berget. He pleaded guilty to the murder of State Corrections Officer Ronald Johnson in April, 2011. In its 65-page ruling, justices agreed with the Circuit Court judge on most points - but said statements made to a psychiatrist shouldn't have been considered in the penalty phase. The Supreme Court has sent the sentencing back to the Circuit Court to consider Berget's fate without the statements to the psychiatrist.