IDOC serves death warrant to Gerald Pizzuto

November 16, 2022
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Nov. 16 -- The Idaho Department of Correction served Idaho Maximum Security Institution resident Gerald R Pizzuto, IDOC #23721, with a death warrant at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday. Second Judicial District Judge Jay P. Gaskill issued the warrant Wednesday morning. The warrant schedules Mr. Pizzuto’s execution for Dec. 15, 2022.

IDOC Director Josh Tewalt has informed the Board of Correction, the Governor’s Office, and the Attorney General’s Office that the Department is not in possession of the chemicals necessary to carry out an execution by lethal injection. Efforts to lawfully source chemicals are ongoing.

Director Tewalt has suspended implementation of SOP, Execution Procedures, except for those portions that ensure Mr. Pizzuto’s due process rights are protected, until such time as he anticipates a change in the material ability to carry out an execution. IDOC has developed and will implement a housing plan and other procedures for Mr. Pizzuto consistent with Idaho Code.

Due to ongoing litigation, IDOC will have no further comment on the matter at this time.