Rhines execution allowed to continue after US Supreme Court decision

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The execution of Charles Rhines is expected to proceed Monday night after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected three appeals to delay his execution.

Rhines was supposed to be executed at 1:30 p.m. on Monday for the slaying of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer at a Rapid City doughnut shop. But the state put that on hold while it waited to hear from the high court.

The Department of Corrections said they would begin moving forward with the execution at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Rhines had argued that the state’s choice of drug doesn’t act quickly enough. He also argued that the jurors in his case gave him the death penalty because he is gay — an argument the high court previously rejected. And he argued he hasn’t been given access to experts to be examined for cognitive and psychiatric impairments.

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