Payne had been convicted of the July 6, 2000 abduction, robbery, rape and murder of Boise State University student Samantha Maher on the Boise Greenbelt. In 2002, 4th District Judge Thomas Neville sentenced Payne to death for the crime.
He was also convicted of assaulting two 14-year-old girls in Boise's Barber Park and the rape of another Boise woman in her apartment prior to the Maher killing.
Payne's death sentence was overturned when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that it should be juries, rather judges, who decide death sentences. Idaho law now reflects that ruling, but a 2010 resentencing hearing confirmed that Payne should be put to death.
There are currently nine men and one woman on Idaho's death row:
- Azad Abdullah, convicted of first-degree murder for the arson death of his wife.
- David Card, convicted of the shooting deaths of two people in Canyon County.
- Thomas Creech, convicted of the beating death of an inmate.
- Timothy Dunlap, convicted of first-degree murder for the killing of a woman during a Caribou County bank robbery.
- Zane Fields, convicted of first-degree murder for an Ada County stabbing death.
- James Hairston, convicted of first-degree murder for two shooting deaths in Bannock County.
- Erick Hall, convicted of two counts of first-degree murder for the rape and deaths of two Ada County women in 2000 and 2003.
- Gerald Pizzuto, convicted of first-degree murder for the beating deaths of two people in Idaho County.
- Robin Row, convicted of first-degree murder for the arson deaths of her husband, son and daughter in Ada County.
- Gene Stuart, convicted of first-degree murder for the beating death of a 3-year-old Clearwater County boy.
Darrell Payne, a 49-year-old death row inmate, reportedly died July 9 at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution after refusing to continue medical treatment for what was described as a "long illness" by the Idaho Department of Correction.