Judge declines to delay South Dakota execution

Judge declines to delay South Dakota executionA judge on Thursday denied a South Dakota inmate’s request to delay his execution over concerns about the drug that the state plans to use, rejecting the man’s contention that it doesn’t act quickly enough. Charles Rhines, scheduled to die by lethal injection next week in the 1992 stabbing of a 22-year-old doughnut shop worker, had argued that pentobarbital is not an “ultra-short-acting” drug as required by state law. In fact, Sogn said, pentobarbital in lethal doses may even be faster to induce unconsciousness.



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