Darrell Edward Payne was sent to death row in 2002 for the kidnapping, rape, robbery and murder of 22-year-old Samantha Maher.
The Boise State student was abducted in Julia Davis Park on July 6, 2000, as she was on her way to school. Payne attacked her, shot her in the back of the head and dumped her body in a sewage pit at his rural Nampa home. He then fled in Maher’s car to Eugene, Ore. Two days later, he called his wife and told her he may have killed a woman and hid her body on the property.
Just nine days before killing Maher, Payne raped two 14-year-old girls on the Greenbelt near Barber Park on June 27, 2000.
Payne, 49, died Thursday after an extended illness at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, the Idaho Department of Correction reported. The department provided no other details about the illness.
In addition to receiving the death sentence for the Maher’s murder, Payne received a sentence of life in prison for kidnapping, raping and robbing Maher.
Payne also received a life sentence for raping the two 14-year-old girls on June 27, 2000. As part of the plea agreement in the Barber Park rape case, Ada County prosecutors agreed not to charge him in connection with a rape of a woman in her apartment near Maple Grove Road on June 8, 2000.
Payne had his 2002 death sentence overturned by the Idaho Supreme Court in 2008 over errors in the original sentencing hearing. Payne was resentenced to death in 2010.