U.S. Supreme Court denies death penalty appeal for second time
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the second appeal of a man sentenced to death for a 1992 Rapid City murder.
Charles Rhines was convicted by a Pennington County jury in January 1993 and was sentenced to death for murdering 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer while burglarizing a donut shop in Rapid City. According to South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg, Rhines confessed to the murder during his trial.
Rhines requested his case be reviewed by the Supreme Court for a second time after the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals denied his petition for rehearing in October 2018. His appeal asserted that he was sentenced to death because his sexual orientation biased jurors.