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Schlecht: Wait for the rain to come
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Keillor: Never been here before
LETTER: Dismayed with SD officials' response to Trump
THUNE: There's nowhere else I'd rather be
MERCER: Time to revisit state laws on open records
Schlecht: Wait for the rain to come
Wiltz: Adventures at Isle Royale National Park
South Dakota graduate student conducts fox study
Wiltz: Good outdoorsmen have to be on their game
South Dakota researcher study fish density
Wiltz: Chasing the thrill of hunting boars
James and Karen Geppert
September 14, 2015
Prosecutor mulling death penalty in Lead stabbing death
DEADWOOD (AP) — The Lawrence County State's Attorney is still deciding whether to seek the death penalty against a Lead man charged in the August stabbing death of a 27-year-old woman. Prosecutors charged James Lewis Rogers Jr. with first-degree murder in the death of Caitlin...
September 14, 2015 - 1:48pm
February 12, 2015
Proposal allowing objection to death penalty defeated
PIERRE (AP) — A legislative Committee has scuttled a proposal that would have allowed South Dakota residents getting a driver's license to register an objection to the death penalty if they are killed in a violent crime. The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted...
February 12, 2015 - 3:41pm
February 11, 2015
South Dakota lawmakers weigh repeal of death penalty
PIERRE (AP) — Two former state attorneys general and an ex-judge are among those who plan to encourage South Dakota lawmakers to repeal the state's death penalty. The Senate State Affairs Committee in Pierre will take testimony Wednesday morning on legislation that would replace...
February 11, 2015 - 1:19pm
November 18, 2014
35 years after his father's murder, Mount Vernon man waiting for justice
A Mount Vernon man is still waiting for the person who murdered his father to be executed 35 years after the incident happened. Kenny Helgeland,...
November 18, 2014 - 3:10pm
October 21, 2014
Jackley seeks May execution for Rodney Berget
By Blake Nicholson Attorney General Marty Jackley has asked South Dakota court officials to set a spring execution date for a man ordered to die for his role in killing a state prison guard during an escape attempt 3½ years ago. Jackley has requested that Rodney Berget, 52,...
October 21, 2014 - 4:26pm
May 27, 2014
SD Supreme Court rehears death sentence appeal
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Supreme Court justices hear arguments again Tuesday on a second appeal in the case of a man who helped kill a guard at the state penitentiary. Rodney Berget was sentenced to death for the 2011 killing of Ron Johnson during a failed escape attempt....
May 27, 2014 - 6:50am
May 13, 2014
Judge sentences McVay to death for murder
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A judge in Sioux Falls has formally sentenced a man to death for killing a woman as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. Judge Peter Lieberman on Tuesday sentenced 44-year-old James McVay. A 12-member jury earlier had voted unanimously for...
May 13, 2014 - 5:20pm
May 7, 2014
PARKER: Death penalty not logical, just
WASHINGTON — When Lady Justice takes a count of bleeding hearts outside the execution chamber, she won’t find mine among them. I am no passionate opponent of the death penalty. I am rather a dispassionate objector to the premise that taking another’s life, no matter how undeserving...
May 7, 2014 - 7:28am
April 15, 2014
McVay death sentence will get automatic review
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The death sentence for a man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama will get an automatic review by the state Supreme Court, South Dakota's attorney general said Tuesday. Jurors on Monday sentenced...
April 15, 2014 - 7:42pm
Man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in killing gets death
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a South Dakota hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012...
April 15, 2014 - 6:46am
April 14, 2014
Jury deliberating in McVay death sentencing trial
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls jury is deliberating to decide whether a mentally ill man should be sentenced to death for killing a woman as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama. The panel of seven men and five women on Monday began deliberations in the case...
April 14, 2014 - 6:38pm
April 2, 2014
Jury to weigh death penalty in Sioux Falls murder case
James McVay, 43, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder for the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plot to drive to Washington and kill the president.
April 2, 2014 - 5:02pm
LETTER: Death penalty foes should be pro-life, too
To the Editor: The Jan. 18 edition of The Daily Republic featured an article concerned for the lives of hardened criminals who may face execution for their heinous crimes. Rick Snedeker reports that the death penalty was used three times in more than 30 years. He says not one...
February 2, 2014 - 10:39pm
January 30, 2014
OUR VIEW: Death penalty discussion good for Legislature
State Rep. Steve Hickey will introduce a measure during the current session of the South Dakota Legislature that, if passed, will end capital...
January 30, 2014 - 7:39am
January 25, 2014
LETTER: Victims’ needs should outweigh offenders’
To the Editor: I disagree with Mr. Snedeker’s premise that a state-imposed death penalty is civilization’s original sin. To me, the original sin is the act by the offender that places said offender in the position of having the death penalty imposed in the first place. ...
January 25, 2014 - 8:27am