South Dakota man executed for 1992 stabbing dying of doughnut store co-worker


(Information) – A South Dakota man convicted of fatally stabbing a former doughnut store co-worker throughout a 1992 housebreaking was put to dying by deadly injection on Monday night time, after the U.S. Supreme Court docket denied three 11th-hour petitions to remain his execution.

Charles Rhines, 63, whose legal professionals argued that his dying sentence was tainted by anti-gay bias towards him on the a part of jurors, was pronounced lifeless at 7:39 p.m. CST on the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, jail spokesman Michael Winder mentioned.

Rhines’ execution had been scheduled for early within the afternoon however was delayed for a number of hours whereas state corrections officers awaited phrase from the U.S. Supreme Court docket on his last appeals.

All three purposes for a keep had been rejected by the excessive court docket on Monday night.

Rhines, a highschool dropout, was discovered responsible of murdering Donnivan Schaeffer, 22, an worker at Dig ‘Em Donuts in Fast Metropolis, throughout a housebreaking of the doughnut store on March eight, 1992, weeks after Rhines had stop working there.

Schaeffer was discovered stabbed to dying contained in the store, his palms sure, with about $three,000 in money and checks lacking, in line with court docket paperwork within the case. A jury sentenced Rhines to dying for the killing in January 1993, 4 days after convicting him.

In an software for a keep filed on Friday, Rhines’ legal professionals requested for a court docket evaluation of proof that some jurors knew Rhines was homosexual and believed he would take pleasure in life in jail with different males if he had been spared the dying penalty.

The petition, which cited statements by three jurors acknowledging that Rhines’ sexual orientation was a difficulty for that purpose throughout sentencing deliberations, was denied by the excessive court docket with out remark.

“It is rather unhappy and profoundly unjust that the state of South Dakota at present executed Charles Rhines, a homosexual man, with none court docket ever listening to the proof of homosexual bias that contaminated the jury’s resolution to condemn him to dying,” federal public defender Shawn Nolan mentioned in a press release.

Individually, protection legal professionals filed a petition looking for a court docket order compelling the state to permit medical consultants to look at Rhines for proof of psychological sickness, reminiscent of autism, that may have served as a mitigating think about his sentencing.

Appellate legal professionals additionally sought to remain the execution whereas the excessive court docket thought-about Rhines’ request to be put to dying by way of a lethal-injection protocol not utilized by South Dakota.

These two petitions had been likewise denied.

Rhines grew to become solely the fifth South Dakota inmate put to dying for the reason that U.S. Supreme Court docket upheld the constitutionally of the capital punishment in 1976. He was one in every of solely three inmates on the state’s dying row.

Reporting by Steve Gorman in Culver Metropolis, California; Further reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Modifying by Richard Pullin and Peter Cooney