PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says he will seek a new execution date for Eric Robert, now that the state Supreme Court has upheld Robert's death sentence for the killing of a prison guard.
Jackley says a circuit judge is likely to set Robert's execution date for about three or four months from now. The attorney general says the death sentence is justified because the killing of prison guard Ron Johnson was a brutal and horrific crime.
Robert pleaded guilty to killing Johnson and asked to be executed, but the Supreme Court had to conduct a mandatory review to make sure the sentence was proper.
Robert's lawyer, Mark Kadi (KAY-dee), says Robert seems relieved by the court's decision. He says Robert believes the execution should take place soon.