South Dakota governor not planning to stop inmate execution

The governor of South Dakota says she does not plan to stop the execution of a death row inmate who claims jurors were biased against him because he’s gay.

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging Gov. Kristi Noem to grant clemency to Charles Rhines. He was convicted of stabbing 22-year-old doughnut shop employee Donnivan Schaeffer to death during a 1992 burglary at the business in Rapid City, South Dakota.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday, Noem said the state Board of Pardons and Paroles reviewed Rhines’ application for clemency in December and denied it.