Texan Making Execution History in South Dakota

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Athens, Texas, man will be the first person executed by South Dakota authorities in 59 years.

Twenty-four-year-old Elijah Page is scheduled to die by lethal injection tomorrow night, according to the state's department of corrections.

Page and another man were sentenced to death after they pleaded guilty to the 2000 torture slaying of 19-year-old Chester Allan Poage.

South Dakota's death chamber has been remodeled since the last execution in the state, an electrocution in 1947.

Page would be among just eight inmates younger than 25 put to death since capital punishment was reinstated in 1976.

Page's lawyer, Mike Butler, has said Page's request to die might amount to suicide because Page is depressed.

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