A jury sentenced admitted killer James McVay to die by lethal injection for the 2011 murder of Sioux Falls hospice nurse Maybelle Schein.
But the jury's decision doesn't make the ruling official.
First, a judge must prepare a written order. A court administrator tells us this court order is then sent to the Department of Corrections.
The judge will also issue a warrant of execution -- this happens after an automatic appeal has been filed. This appeal is filed in every death case according to South Dakota law.
The attorneys will ask the court reporter to prepare transcripts, which will become public record. These documents include the jurors' names.
Minnehaha County State's Attorney Aaron McGowan said he is relieved the trial is over because they have been working on it for a long time.
And he thinks the jury ultimately made the right decision.