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Protesters to spread their message for second execution

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Donald Moeller will be the second inmate put to death by lethal injection in a span of a few weeks, in South Dakota. He will die by lethal injection Tuesday at 10:00 p.m.

For someone like Mark Sanderson who speaks out against capital punishment, it's overwhelming.

"The death penalty does nothing to help us solve the ills of our society and does nothing to heal the wounds created with the victims of the crime," Mark Sanderson said.

Sanderson says continuing with capital punishment does nothing to prevent violence or make things better for society, even if an inmate feels they deserve it, like Donald Moeller did after 22 years of time to reflect.

"Just because they feel they deserve to have death, in my mind, is not a reason for giving them that wish," Sanderson said.

Many disagree. We turned to viewers on our Facebook page for reaction to this execution. We found many say the same thing: it's about time.

Nancy P. said: "Since [Donald Moeller] murdered Becky, I've had 4 children, 3 of them are grown. Becky deserved the chance to grow up, have a family and live her life. In my opinion, he should have been executed a long time ago."

Kathleen B. said: "I'm glad he finally confessed and owned up to what he did. Sad it took so long for him to grow a conscience. I am pro death penalty and always will be."

Regardless of the inmate, what they did, or how long they've been on death row, those who stand against capital punishment await the day it will end all together.

"I would expect that if we eliminate the death penalty, and give life without parole, these people may be able to have a chance they never had before to find out who they are. That's our hope," Sanderson said.

Protesters of the death penalty plan to attend a vigil, Tuesday night, beginning at 8:00 p.m. as the state puts Moeller to death.

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