SD Carries Out 1st Execution in 60 Years

Man convicted in 2000 torture murder refused appeals, last words
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 12:51 PM CDT
SD Carries Out 1st Execution in 60 Years
Dottie Poage holds a chilhood picture of her son Chester Allan Poage after she witnessed the execution of her son's killer, Elijah Page, Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at the State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Doug Dreyer)   (Associated Press)

South Dakota executed a prisoner last night for the first time since 1947. Officials administered a lethal injection to convicted murderer Elijah Page, who had pleaded guilty in 2001 to torturing and killing a 19-year-old acquaintance the year before, the Argus Leader reports. One of his two co-defendants remains on death row; the second received a life sentence.

"Elijah Page had the ultimate penalty for the ultimate crime, and for that I'm proud of the state, the attorney general, the governor and everyone at the state penitentiary for doing a job well done," said victim Chester Allan Poage's mother. About 100 protesters and 10 death-penalty supporters demonstrated outside the Sioux Falls prison as the sentence was carried out. (More execution stories.)

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