SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man on death row in South Dakota has asked for a new sentencing hearing so he can show that a new relationship with his son and grandchildren provides a reason for him not to be executed, court documents show.
In an opinion released Thursday, the South Dakota Supreme Court said Rodney Berget, 50, must get a new sentencing hearing because the circuit judge who sentenced him to die improperly considered a statement Berget made to a psychiatrist.
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday for the unveiling of a memorial to 38 Dakota men who were hanged 150 years ago to the day in what is the largest mass execution in U.S. history.
The final words of a man executed Tuesday night for killing a 9-year-old girl appeared to some onlookers to mock those witnessing his death, including the child’s mother. But prison officials say that may not have been the case.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Tina Curl was so eager to see her 9-year-old daughter's killer executed Tuesday night that she couldn't even take her seat in the witness room. "I was right up to the glass," she said afterwards.
Dirk Lammers and Kristi Eaton
, October 31, 2012
SIOUX FALLS(AP) — The wife of slain prison guard Ronald "R.J." Johnson says the death of his killer won't bring her husband back, but she hopes Eric Robert's execution will make the public in general a "little bit safer."
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