Idaho Department of Corrections Director Josh Tewoldt has told the Idaho Department of Corrections that he believes it is unlikely the agency will have the chemicals needed to carry out the planned execution of Gerald Pizzuto. was notified.
In a memo to the board, Tewalt said he believes Mr. Pittutto’s death warrant should be revoked and preparations for his execution suspended.
“While our efforts to secure the chemicals continue, there is no reason to believe that our situation will change before the executions scheduled for December 15, 2022,” Tewalt said. I am writing in my notes. “In my professional judgment, I believe it is in the best interest of justice to revoke the death warrant and suspend execution preparations.”
Tewalt, who received Mr. Pittutto’s death warrant on November 16, said IDOC was having trouble securing chemicals. He also suspended implementation of SOP 135.02.01.001, Implementation Procedures. except to ensure that Mr. Pizzuto’s due process rights are protected.
“There is no more solemn responsibility than the execution of the death penalty, one that this institution approaches with the rigor and care it deserves,” the memo wrote. “Following your instructions, we stand ready to carry out this process with professionalism, dignity and respect for all affected.”
Due to the ongoing litigation, IDOC has no further comment on this matter.