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S.D. executes first person in 60 years

When Elija Page was administered a lethal combination of drugs Wednesday night he became the first person executed in South Dakota in 60 years.

S.D. executes first person in 60 years
The 25-year-old Athens, Texas, man was put to death shortly after 10 p.m. at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, S.D., while about 70 protesters milled outside, the Argus Leader reported. The protesters were divided about 60-10 against the death penalty, the newspaper said.

"It was more like a medical procedure than a death," said Rapid City Journal reporter Bill Harlan, who was one of about two dozens witnesses.

Asked whether he had any final words, Page answered "No."

Page was put to death for his part in the 2000 slaying of Chester Poage in Higgins Gulch. After the execution, Poage's mother held up a portrait of her son as a child.

"I never dreamt I would be dealing with what I've been dealing with these last seven years," Poage said. "I'm proud of the state, the attorney general, the governor, Area 1 of the state penitentiary, for doing a job well done. I'm proud to be an American."

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