Idaho prison officials executed Paul Ezra Rhoades on Friday for his role in the 1987 murders of two women, marking the state's first execution in 17 years. Rhoades, 54, was declared dead at 9:15 a.m. at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution after being administered three separate drugs that make up the state's new lethal injection protocol. The execution had been scheduled for 8 a.m. but was delayed by over an hour because of a review of a motion filed late Thursday in 4th District Court. Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray declined to provide details of the late legal filing/Rebecca Boone, Idaho Statesman. More here.
- Otter: 'Rhoades has been held accountable'
- Prosecutor: 'Nothing brings total justice'
- In final words, Rhoades takes responsibility for one murder, not other two
- Execution delay caused by unexpected motion by outside lawyer