Federal Court Denies Rhines’ Petition to Overturn Conviction and Capital Sentence

jackley-logo Marty JackleyFederal Court Denies Rhines’ Petition to Overturn Conviction and Capital Sentence

PIERRE, S.D. – Attorney General Marty Jackley announces the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota has denied Charles Russell Rhines’ petition for a writ of habeas corpus. Rhines’ petition sought to overturn his conviction and death sentence for the murder of 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer in Rapid City on March 8, 1992.

“The Federal Court’s ruling affirms that Charles Russell Rhines’ murder conviction and capital sentence are appropriate and constitutional. My thoughts and prayers are with Donnivan Schaeffer’s family, who have waited 24 years for justice in this case,” said Jackley.

A Pennington County jury convicted Rhines of first degree murder in 1993 and returned a sentence of death. Rhines’ conviction and death sentence were affirmed on direct appeal by the South Dakota Supreme Court in 1996. Rhines then challenged his conviction and sentence in state and federal habeas corpus proceedings.

With the conclusion of his federal habeas corpus proceedings, Rhines has the right to appeal the District Court’s decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and, ultimately, to the United States Supreme Court.

5 thoughts on “Federal Court Denies Rhines’ Petition to Overturn Conviction and Capital Sentence

  1. Anonymous

    Thank you God for providing the wisdom to these judges to affirm justice.

    In Your name We pray,

    amen.

      1. Anonymous

        I’ll let God speak to you. Btw, what does He say to you?

        A “prayer” does not usually involve “logic”. But why expect a troll to make any sense.

        Trollology: The unfounded belief that one’s off-topic and inane responses demonstrate some degree of intelligence or understanding. noun.

    1. Anonymous

      So, your use of logic (“By that logic..”) in response to a prayer was more irrelevant trolling, right?