October 30, 2018 / 1:56 AM / 15 days ago

South Dakota executes inmate who killed prison guard

Oct 29 (Reuters) - South Dakota on Monday executed a man convicted of killing a prison guard in a botched 2011 attempt to escape from the state penitentiary, a state corrections official said.

Rodney Berget, 56, was put to death after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by his attorney, Juliet Yackel, to stay the execution on grounds he lacked the intellectual capacity to undergo capital punishment.

Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Peter Cooney

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