SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A man sentenced to death for the killing of a prison guard is once again asking the South Dakota Supreme Court to allow his execution to proceed.
Fifty-year-old Eric Robert pleaded guilty to killing prison guard Ronald Johnson and was sentenced to die. His execution was set for May, but the South Dakota Supreme Court stayed the execution in February to allow more time for a mandatory review to determine if the sentence is proper.
The review process could delay the execution for possibly two years.
Mark Kadi, Robert's lawyer, says he intends to file new briefs to the state Supreme Court this weekend.
The briefs seek to answer the question of whether a death row inmate has a right to die on time as ordered.