Appeals Court Won’t Rehear South Dakota Death Sentence Case

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A federal appeals court has refused to rehear the case of a man sentenced to death for the killing of a South Dakota doughnut shop employee in 1992.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Charles Russell Rhines’ petition for a rehearing and his request for a rehearing by the full appeals court.

In August, the appeals court affirmed Rhines’ death sentence and murder conviction.

Rhines was convicted in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while Rhines burglarized a Rapid City doughnut shop in March 1992. A jury convicted Rhines in 1993, and the state Supreme Court affirmed his sentence and conviction in 1996.

Rhines has 90 days to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.

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