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South Dakota sets rare execution for murderer of doughnut shop worker


Added 11-04-19 12:10:03pm EST - “South Dakota has scheduled a rare execution on Monday for a man convicted of the...” - Reuters.com

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(Reuters) - South Dakota has scheduled a rare execution on Monday for a man convicted of the 1992 stabbing death of a former co-worker at a doughnut shop, a sentence that rights advocates said was tainted by jurors who asked potentially homophobic questions.

Charles Rhines, 63, who is gay, was set to be put to death at 1:30 p.m. CDT (1930 GMT) by lethal injection at South Dakota’s execution chamber in Sioux Falls.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionally of the death penalty in 1976, South Dakota has carried out only four executions, including one last year. Rhines is one of only three inmates on the state’s death row.

Jurors found Rhines, a high school dropout who had worked a series of odd jobs, guilty of murdering Donnivan Schaeffer, 22, an employee at Dig ‘Em Donuts in Rapid City, where Rhines had also worked.

On March 8, 1992, less than a month after Rhines left the doughnut shop, he broke into the store, but was interrupted by Schaeffer.

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