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Fri., Nov. 18, 2011, 11:46 p.m.

An Eyewitness To An Execution

Nate Green, a reporter for the Idaho Press Tribune of Nampa, was one of four media witnesses Friday morning to the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades in the Idaho Penitentiary in Boise. He gives a detailed account of his Friday morning beginning at 3:30 a.m. You can read the detailed chronology here. He describes his first sight of Rhoades here:

8:46 a.m. Rhoades wears thick glasses and has a jutting chin. He blinks rapidly and twists his lips. He twists his head to the right and looks toward his mother, who sits in a private room separated from the witnesses, and appears to mouth the words, "I love you." He looks upward at an overhead light and a video camera in the ceiling, then he twists his head and glances toward the witness room. His eyes alight on each person in the room, and he looks back to the ceiling.

Question: Do you expect more executions in Idaho within the next 2-3 years?




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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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