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Gov. Daugaard releases statement in advance of inmate executions

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South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has released a statement in advance of the scheduled executions of two inmates.

The governor's response comes after statement requests from several media outlets, including a request from KSFY News. In the statement, Daugaard said he supports South Dakota's death penalty law that it's the state's solemn responsibility to carry out the penalty in the rare cases where it is applied.

"The decision to impose the death penalty is made through the criminal justice system, and in the pending cases I have no reason to substitute a different judgment," Daugaard said in his statement. "State law allows me to conduct my own investigation, and I have done that with cooperation from the Attorney General."

"Barring an unforeseen circumstance, I will not intervene to prevent or delay the death penalty sentence from being carried out," Daugaard said.

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