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Victims’ Families: Rhoades Should Die

Nolan Haddon's parents and brothers, left to right, Junior, Julie, Wes, and Clay, pose together in Blackfoot. In 1987 Nolan Haddon was killed by Paul Ezra Rhoades, who is scheduled to be executed on Friday morning. For 24 years, Julie Haddon has watched as her two oldest sons got married, had children. She’s wished her grandchildren could meet Nolan, the uncle that died before they were born. (AP Photo/Post Register, Ruth Brown)

Junior Haddon and his wife, Julie, gathered with their sons Wes and Clay at Wes Haddon’s Blackfoot home Wednesday to discuss the pending execution. Junior Haddon sat largely silent through most of the emotional, hourlong interview. But one question elicited a strong response: Will you be attending Mr. Rhoades’ execution? His answer: “Yes.” Clay Haddon, Nolan’s brother, said that if a death sentence is what the justice system declared fair, then that is what needs to be done. He does not believe a sentence of life in prison is just/Ruth Brown, Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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