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High court asked to block Idaho execution

Idaho death row inmate asks Supreme Court to stop execution, would state's first in 17 years By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' An Idaho death row inmate is asking the Supreme Court to stop the state from executing him for killing two women nearly a quarter-century ago.

Paul Ezra Rhoades is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Friday morning. His would be the first execution in Idaho in 17 years.

Rhoades' lawyers are asking for time to challenge the state's lethal injection policy. They argue that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment that is barred by the Constitution.

So far, courts have rejected their arguments.

Rhoades was sentenced to death for killing newly married, 21-year-old Stacy Dawn Baldwin and 34-year-old Susan Michelbacher, a special education teacher. He received a term of life in prison for killing 20-year-old Nolan Haddon.

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