Murderer of Donnivan Schaeffer was executed

The U.S. Supreme Court denied the last appeal for Charles Russell Rhines to stall his death sentence. (KOTA TV)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KEVN/KOTA TV) - South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg states that at about 6:35p.m. (MT), Charles Russell Rhines was given lethal injections to “end his life to answer for his crimes.”

In a statement to the media after the execution, Ravnsborg said “Today I would like to remember Donnivan Scahefer, the victim who was brutally murdered by the killer who met justice earlier.”

“Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the fact that Donnivan was killed but I am glad we were finally able to get justice for him today. I am hopeful that this day is an opportunity for the family to move forward and now, that this phase is over, they can continue to heal,” Ravnsborg said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the last appeal by Charles Russell Rhines, setting the stage for his execution Monday night; but no time has been released by the state.

The application for stay of execution of sentence of death presented to Justice Neil Gorsuch and by him referred to the Court is denied. Also, the petition for a writ of certiorari and a stay of execution are denied.
There are currently no court orders that would stop South Dakota from carrying out the death sentence on Rhines.

Rhines will be executed for the 1992 murder of Donnivan Schaeffer, who was stabbed to death during a burglary of a Rapid City doughnut shop.