7 States That Allow Death Penalty and Had Executions in 2019

6. South Dakota

South Dakota’s only execution of 2019 was also one of the most controversial executions to take place, with Charles Rhine being sentenced to death for stabbing to death a witness to his burglary. However, subsequent to his conviction, there has been a lot of possibly legitimate doubt that he was sentenced to death rather than life imprisonment not just because of his crime, but because of his sexual orientation, with jurors considering that he might actually benefit from being in a prison with men for life.

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