Doughnut shop killer who cried gay bias is put to death

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Doughnut shop killer who cried gay bias is put to death

Charles Rhines said jurors sent him to die because they believed he would enjoy life in jail with other men

Steve Gorman

A convicted murderer’s claim that jurors knew he was gay and believed he would enjoy life in prison with other men, ultimately failed to save him from the executioner on Monday night.

Charles Rhines’s death by lethal injection came after the US Supreme Court denied three 11th-hour petitions to stay his execution.

The 63-year-old South Dakotan, whose lawyers argued that his death sentence was tainted by anti-gay bias toward him on the part of jurors, fatally stabbed a former doughnut shop co-worker during a 1992 burglary...

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