Media Witness To Idaho's Second Execution In 7 Months

Jun 12, 2012

Idaho executed death row inmate Richard Leavitt this morning as planned. Leavitt was convicted for the 1984 murder of 31-year old Danette Elg of Blackfoot.

Four reporters watched as the execution team brought Leavitt into the death chamber. Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press was one of those witnesses.

Boone: "We saw him being brought in by the escort team. It was almost like they were pallbearers. There were six carrying the backboard."

Boone says they strapped Leavitt to a table and three members of the medical team inserted IVs into his veins. She says those examples of human interaction between the condemned and his executioners struck her the most.

The state did not allow media witnesses to see the beginning of Paul Rhoades lethal injection last November. A court ruling Friday, though, changed that, allowing media to see the entire procedure.

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