Thursday, October 20, 2011

Idaho Convict Moved to F Block, Awaiting Execution

Posted By on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Execution chamber of Idahos F Block

Over the next four weeks, we should know much more about:

A. Paul Ezra Rhoades
B. F Block
C. Pancuronium Bromide

By now, most Idahoans have heard that the 54-year-old Rhoades has been sentenced to die by lethal injection, the first Idaho execution in 17 years and the second in more than a half-century. Rhoades was convicted of the 1987 and 1988 murders of Stacy Baldwin and Susan Michelbacher.

"The feedback I have received from our staff is that, at times, he has good days and he has bad days, as do many of our individuals serving on death row," Brent Reinke, director of the Idaho Department of Correction, told Citydesk.

Reinke confirmed that Rhoades has been moved to F Block at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, south of Boise. He will have no further contact with the inmate population.

"It's a state-of-the-art execution chamber," Reinke said about F Block.

Pancuronium Bromide is one four chemicals which are scheduled to pump through Rhoades' veins, shortly after 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

"There will be an escort team, a medical team and an injection team," said Reinke. "The identities of those teams will all remain concealed."

In next week's BW, we'll feature an extended interview with Reinke on the event, which is sure to garner significant conversation across Idaho.

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