Dozens who stand against the death penalty in South Dakota say Monday is a tough day. That's because what the state is choosing to do, in their eyes, is wrong, just as wrong as it was for the inmate to kill.
Karl Kroger is a pastor in Pierre and he's president of the SD Peace and Justice Center.
Monday night, he and other protestors, will be encouraging people to reflect on the state's decision and think about the message it will send.
In their words, that message is if someone hurts you, the best response is to hurt them back. They say it's important that people stand against capital punishment and be hopeful that if other states have changed their stance, South Dakota can too.
"It will be a somber mood as we reflect on the seriousness on what will be occurring. We'll be reflecting on the pain all victims feel but as I said we'll gather with a sense of hope that this will be no more," Karl Kroger said.
Protesters, along with supporters of the death penalty, will be standing outside of the state penitentiary beginning at 8:00 p.m., Monday night.