Seventh District Judge James Herndon dismissed a motion Tuesday from Paul Ezra Rhoades' lawyers for a new trial in the shooting death of Stacy Baldwin, a Blackfoot convenience store clerk.
Rhoades, 31, was convicted in March of first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, robbery and the use of a firearm in the February 1987 slaying of Baldwin. Herndon set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. Friday.Herndon dismissed the motion for a new trial "with prejudice," which means he could possibly reconsider the motion again at sentencing Friday, a court clerk said.
Rhoades was given two death sentences last month for his convictions in the March 1987 shooting death of Idaho Falls teacher Susan Michelbacher.
Also last month, Rhoades entered a conditional guilty plea in the March 1987 shooting death of Nolan Haddon, an Idaho Falls convenience store clerk. He received two life sentences in that case.
Authorities have identified Rhoades as a suspect in a series of Utah killings that occurred between 1985 and 1986, and in several homicides in Jackson and Gillette, Wyo., in 1983 and 1984.