Courts & Crime

Execution scheduled Friday in Idaho would be state's first in many years


Since the Idaho death penalty was reinstated in 1979, more Death Row inmates (three) have been freed than have been executed (one). More than half of the 40 people given the death penalty have had their sentences changed and are no longer candidates for execution.

That could change Friday. Convicted killer Paul Rhoades is scheduled to die at 8:10 a.m. His lawyers have challenged Idaho’s lethal injection protocol as unconstitutional and asked for a stay of execution; U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Bush is expected to rule Monday. On Thursday, Bush said he has some doubts the Idaho Department of Correction is ready to execute Rhoades.

If Rhoades’ death proceeds as scheduled, he will be the first Death Row inmate executed against his will since 1957.

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