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Death Penalty Official says 2 South Dakota executions in weeks an anomaly

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota has had only one execution in the past 65 years. Now, two death row inmates are to die within a matter of weeks.

Richard Dieter with the Death Penalty Information Center says it's likely due largely to coincidence. He says South Dakota has few people on death row and few executions, and now there are a couple of cases in which inmates have waived appeals. He says it's an anomaly.

Eric Robert, 50, is to die at 10 p.m. Monday for the slaying of a prison guard. He asked to be put to death, saying he would kill again.

Donald Moeller, 60, is to be executed the week of Oct. 28 for a 1999 murder of a 9-year-old girl. He asked that appeals on his behalf be dropped.









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