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A man convicted of abducting and murdering two Idaho women in 1987 was put to death on Friday by lethal injection in the state's first execution in 17 years. Paul Ezra Rhoades, 54, was executed at 9.15am local time at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution in Boise, the state capital. The death sentence was carried out after the US Supreme Court denied an 11th-hour bid for a delay that Rhoades' lawyers sought while challenging execution procedures they claimed might breach constitutional prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment. Idaho carries out state's first execution since 1994 with lethal injection of a triple murderer - after a last midnight snack of cheese and crackers