Texan to be First South Dakota Execution in 60 Years

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Wednesday night is scheduled to carry out its first execution in 60 years with the lethal injection of an East Texas man.

Details are in a South Dakota Department of Corrections news release that gave the public 48 hours notice.

Twenty-five-year-old Elijah Page of Athens, Texas, faces execution at the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls.

Page ended all appeals and asked to die for the 2000 murder of 19-year-old Chester Allan Poage of Spearfish, South Dakota.

Page and another death row inmate, 25-year-old Briley Piper Anchorage, Alaska, pleaded guilty to killing Poage in the Black Hills.

A third man was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Authorities say the three killed Poage so there would be no other witness to the theft of a Chevy Blazer, electronics and other items from his home.