- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A federal court has denied the appeal of a death row inmate seeking to overturn his 23-year-old murder conviction.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the U.S. District Court in South Dakota has denied Charles Rhines’ petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

A Pennington County jury convicted Rhines of first-degree murder in 1993 for the death of Donnivan Schaeffer. He was later sentenced to death.

Rhines appealed his conviction for killing Schaeffer during the 1992 burglary of the Rapid City doughnut shop where Schaeffer worked. The state Supreme Court upheld the conviction.

Rhines can appeal the federal district court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals and, ultimately, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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