UPDATE: Rhines execution delayed into evening as state waits for US Supreme Court rulings

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In this Dec. 31, 2017 photo provided by the South Dakota Department of Corrections is Charles Rhines at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls. South Dakota Circuit Judge Jon Sogn has denied Rhines’ request to delay his execution next week over the drug to be used. Rhines had argued that pentobarbital does not act quickly enough to comply with state law. Rhines, is scheduled to be executed in November 2019 in South Dakota for a 1992 fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while burglarizing a doughnut shop. (South Dakota Department of Corrections via AP)

UPDATED 6:02 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – The execution of inmate Charles Rhines has been delayed. 

Rhines has three open cases awaiting rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States.

South Dakota’s Attorney General’s Chief of Staff Tim Bormann told KELOLAND News the state is waiting to hear SCOTUS decisions on the three cases before moving forward.

The Penitentiary has canceled evening visits for Monday, likely because of the uncertainty surrounding this execution.

If the state is able to move forward with the execution, there will be a media briefing once Rhines’ death is confirmed.  Witnesses will address the media to share details about the process. 

We’ll carry that live on KELO-TV and KELOLAND.com when it begins.

Past lethal injections have taken about 20 minutes.


UPDATED: 5:03 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – South Dakota’s Attorney General is waiting for three decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.

Until that happens, the execution of Charles Rhines is on hold.

Media witnesses were released for an hour break around 4:30 p.m. Staff at the penitentiary is using that time to feed the other inmates their supper.

The South Dakota Department of Corrections cancelled visitation hours for Monday evening.


UPDATED: 4:32 p.m.

The media witnesses who had previously been sequestered ahead of the scheduled execution of Charles Rhines have been released.

They are to return to be sequestered in an hour.

While South Dakota authorities wait for direction from the U.S. Supreme Court, inmates at the penitentiary are going to eat supper.


UPDATED: 1:32 p.m.

The execution of inmate Charles Rhines, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, has been delayed.   

Rhines has three open cases awaiting rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States. South Dakota’s Attorney General’s Chief of Staff Tim Bormann told KELOLAND News the state is waiting to hear SCOTUS decisions on the three cases before moving forward. 

“SCOTUS is aware of the imminent nature of the case and is working accordingly,” Bormann said.

Around 12:30 p.m., about an hour before the scheduled execution, media witnesses left the media briefing room 

Once his death is confirmed, witnesses will address the media to share details about the process.  We’ll carry that live on KELO-TV and KELOLAND.com once it begins. 

Rhines was sentenced to death on Jan. 29, 1993. He was convicted for the murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer during a burglary of a Rapid City donut shop.

Past lethal injections have taken about 20 minutes.


12:06 p.m.

On Monday afternoon, the state of South Dakota is scheduled to execute death row inmate Charles Rhines. 

KELOLAND News will have live team coverage from the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls at 1:30 p.m. when the lethal injection is planned. On Midday in KELOLAND, Perry Groten interviewed KELOLAND.com reporter Michael Geheren for the latest updates on the appeals.

However, there are currently three appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Monday morning, the South Dakota Supreme Court denied a plan to stop the execution. But Rhines’ legal team has now pushed forward and has appealed the state’s decision to the U.S. Supreme court.

That makes three cases that the U.S. Supreme Court is now hearing regarding Rhines. As it stands Rhines is scheduled to be executed at 1:30 p.m. 

Rhines was sentenced to death in the 1993 murder of twenty-two-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer.

Monday’s execution will mark the states 20th inmate to be put to death.


5:31 a.m.

Authorities with South Dakota Department of Corrections are prepared to execute an inmate on Monday. 

Charles Rhines was sentenced to death in 1993 for the March 8, 1992, murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer. Schaeffer went into the Rapid City donut shop after hours to get some supplies, where he caught Rhines robbing the store. 

Rhines stabbed Schaeffer several times, according to court documents, and walked way with $1,700 in cash and coins. 

The final days ahead of his scheduled execution have been filled with court hearings and filings. 

KELOLAND News will have crews at the South Dakota Penitentiary throughout the day.  Look for updates to this story on KELOLAND.com and KELO-TV.

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