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The Latest: Death row inmate loses 2 appeals on same day

The Latest on the appeals of a South Dakota man scheduled to be executed next month (all times local):

6:55 p.m.

A convicted killer in South Dakota who is scheduled to be executed early next month for the fatal stabbing of a young doughnut shop worker has lost two appeals in one day.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed a request by Charles Russell Rhines to meet with mental health experts to prepare a clemency application. The three-judge panel said the question of whether Rhines deserves clemency should be decided by the South Dakota governor.

Earlier Friday, the South Dakota Supreme Court rejected Rhines’ request to delay his execution, which is scheduled to take place the week of Nov. 3-9.

Rhines still has a pending challenge to the use of the drug pentobarbital in his execution. A different court is scheduled to hear that challenge Tuesday.

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3:30 p.m.

The South Dakota Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a convicted killer who is scheduled to be executed early next month for the 1992 fatal stabbing of a young doughnut shop worker.

The high court on Friday also rejected Charles Russell Rhines’ request to delay his execution, which is scheduled to take place the week of Nov. 3-9.

Rhines still has a pending challenge to the use of the drug pentobarbital in his execution. A different court is scheduled to hear that challenge Tuesday.

Rhines was sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer during a burglary at the Rapid City shop.

Rhines’ attorneys didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.

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