BOISE â€“ Members of the families of murder victims Stacy Baldwin, Nolan Haddon and Susan Michelbacher witnessed the administration of justice on Friday.
They watched from outside the execution chamber as Paul Ezra Rhoades, convicted in the 1987 deaths of the three, was executed. He received a lethal injection of drugs in the execution chamber of the Idaho Maximum Security Institution at 8:53 a.m. and Erwin Sonnenberg, the Ada County coroner, pronounced Rhoades dead at 9:15 a.m. Friday.
Gov. Otter releases statement on execution of Rhoades
BOISE â€” Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter released this statement today following the execution of Paul Ezra Rhoades.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â€” 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.
In his final statement, Rhoades said goodbye to his mother, apologized for one of the murders he was convicted of, and forgave state officials for the execution.