Keith Wells

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Keith Eugene Wells (May 11, 1962 – January 6, 1994) was convicted of the murders of John Justad and Brandi Rains. He was executed in 1994 at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution by the State of Idaho by lethal injection, only one year and nine months after having been sentenced to death. He became the first person to be executed in Idaho since 1976 when the death penalty was reinstated and only the tenth since Idaho gained statehood.[1] He chose not to appeal the death sentence, although it was appealed on his behalf. The United States Supreme Court rejected an appeal filed against his wishes.[2]

He was on parole for armed robbery when he murdered two people at Boise's Rose Pub on December 20, 1990. He was convicted of killing John Justad, 23, and Brandi Rains, 20, with a baseball bat. He stated "it was time for them to die".[3]

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  1. ^ "Appeal to stop Idaho inmate's execution fails". Salt Lake Tribune. 1994-01-06. pp. A5. 
  2. ^ Brodwater, Taryn (2006-08-11). "Duncan lawyer investigating state's execution protocol". Spokesman Review. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  3. ^ "First Idaho Execution in 36 Years: A Killer Who Used a Baseball Bat". The New York Times. 1994-01-07. pp. A20. Retrieved 2007-11-18.