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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Leavitt’s final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected condemned Idaho murderer Richard Leavitt's final appeal, clearing the way for his execution, which is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10. Leavitt received the death sentence for the 1984 mutilation and murder of Danette Elg, 31, of Blackfoot. "Mr. Leavitt is calm and meeting with his attorneys and approved visitors," Idaho Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Ray reported today in an email. "At the visitors' request, IDOC is not releasing their names."

Said Ray, "For his last meal, Mr. Leavitt was given his choice of any item on the IDOC menu. He chose baked chicken, french fries and milk."

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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