Idaho has executed a convicted murderer for his role in the 1987 slayings of two women _ the state's first capital punishment in 17 years.
Paul Ezra Rhoades was declared dead at 9:15 a.m. Friday. He died by lethal injection at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Boise.
Rhoades was convicted in the kidnapping and murders of 34-year-old Susan Michelbacher and 21-year-old Stacy Dawn Baldwin.
The execution of the 54-year-old Idaho Falls native was the first in Idaho since 1994.
Rhoades acknowledged killing the women but has appealed his case and Idaho's execution protocol. His appeals were denied at the state and federal level, including an appeal Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court.