After exhausting all of his appeals and several delays, there is now a date for the execution of death row inmate Rodney Berget.
Berget was sentenced to die for his role in the killing of correctional officer Ron RJ Johnson back in 2011. For Johnson’s widow, this day has been a long time coming.
A South Dakota judge has issued a warrant of execution for Rodney Berget, one of two inmates convicted in the killing of prison guard Ron RJ Johnson during a failed prison escape back in April of 2011.
Berget will die by lethal injection sometime during the last week of October and first week of November.
One of the last times we saw Johnson’s widow, Lynette, was back in November of last year when she left a courtroom crying after a judge delayed Berget’s execution because defense lawyers argued Berget was mentally disabled and couldn’t be put to death.
After another court hearing and testimony from doctors and other witnesses this past February, a judge ruled Berget was not intellectually disabled and was eligible to die by lethal injection.
“I think today kind of came an end to the conversations whether or not there’s a mental retardation or intellectual disability. I believe the court was rather thorough,” Marty Jackley, South Dakota Attorney General, said.
KELOLAND News reached out to Lynette Johnson for comment on Wednesday’s news, she respectfully declined, but said she’d have a lot to say after Berget’s been executed.
Berget will be the second inmate to die for the slaying of Johnson. Eric Robert has already been executed for his role in the crime.
The exact time and date of Berget’s execution will be announced by the warden within 48 hours of Berget’s death.