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Protesters: Death is not the answer

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Tuesday, South Dakota inmate Donald Moeller will be put to death at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

The 60 year-old is scheduled to be executed at 10:00 p.m.

Authorities say Moeller kidnapped Becky O'Connell from a Sioux Falls convenience store in 1990, drove her to a secluded area near the Big Sioux River, then raped and killed her.

Moeller fought his fate for years but in July said he was ready to accept death.

It will become the 18th execution in South Dakota history.

Even though Moeller has been on death row for 22 years, there are still some who say death is not the answer. We talked with people who stand against the death penalty. They say killing the second inmate this month is sending the wrong message.

Though there are still four inmates on death row, Mark Sanderson is one of many who have hope that one day, the death penalty in South Dakota will be eliminated.

"To have two back to back executions is a little overwhelming. For those of us who feel there are alternatives, feel that these are two individuals, if they would be allowed in a secure setting maybe they would come to terms to reconcile themselves and have some benefit for us all," Mark Sanderson said.

Sanderson, and others, will attend a vigil Tuesday night just outside the prison grounds from 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. and reflect on the state's decision and hope one day things will change.

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