Idaho sets date for first execution in 10 years; needs to find the chemicals to carry it out

BOISE, Idaho – The State of Idaho is preparing to execute its first inmate since 2012, but it first needs to find the chemicals to carry out the lethal injection.

The Idaho Department of Corrections served Gerald Pizzuto with a death warrant on Wednesday.

His execution date is set for December 15th.

According to DOC, “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.”

Pizzuto was convicted of killing a woman and her nephew in an armed robbery near McCall in 1986.

He suffers from cancer and has been under hospice care since 2019.

This would be only the third execution Idaho has carried out since the death penalty was made legal again in 1977.

Right now, there are seven men and one woman on Idaho’s death row.

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