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Convicted Killer Set To Be Executed On Tuesday

Richard Leavitt is Scheduled To Be Executed On Tuesday Richard Leavitt is Scheduled To Be Executed On Tuesday

 

BOISE, Idaho - It's been more than a quarter century since Danette Elg's mutilated body was found on a punctured waterbed in her bedroom.

On Tuesday, the state of Idaho is scheduled to execute by lethal inejection her convicted killer, Richard Leavitt.

Prosecutors say Leavitt stabbed Elg repeatedly with exceptional force at her Blackfoot home. Leavitt has long maintained his innocence, while his defense attorneys have argued that he sustained brain damage and has a mental disorder that contributed to his actions.

If Leavitt's execution moves forward as planned, he will become the second person executed by the state in the last seven months. Paul Ezra Rhoades, who was convicted of killing three people in eastern Idaho in 1987, was put to death in November.

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