In 1992 Charles Rhines killed 22-year-old Donivan Schaeffer while he robbed a Rapid City doughnut shop. Rhines has been on death row in South Dakota since his conviction.

63-year-old death row inmate Charles Rhines was executed for his crime at 7:39 p.m. on Monday by lethal injection.

KSFY TV wrote that the execution, originally scheduled to be carried out at 1:30 p.m. was delayed for hours while the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in a last-minute, eventually denying all three of Rhines' appeals.

Charles Rhines-KSFY TV

Jack Caudill with KEVN in Rapid City said Rhines was very calm and some of Rhines' last words were "Ed and Peggy Schaeffer, I forgive you for your anger and hatred toward me. I pray to God he forgives you for your anger and hatred toward me."

Ed and Peggy Schaeffer are Donivan Schaeffer's parents. According to the Argus Leader Rhines’s last meal included:

  • Fried Chicken
  • Cantaloupe or musk melon
  • Lefsa
  • Yogurt (strawberry and cherry)
  • Butter
  • Black licorice
  • Cookies and cream ice cream
  • Root beer
  • Coffee with cream and sugar

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