Governor denies Commission-recommended mercy for man on death row

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole voted 4-3 to recommend commutation and grant a plea for mercy from Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who’s been on death row for more than 35 years.  However, Gov. Brad Little denied the commission’s recommendation, calling Pizzuto’s 1985 crimes brutal and senseless. The commission heldContinue reading “Governor denies Commission-recommended mercy for man on death row”

Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing

by Ruth Brown and Logan Finney, Idaho Reports Gerald Pizzuto Jr., 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole met Tuesday to consider commuting his sentence from death to life in prison afterContinue reading “Pizzuto asks for mercy in death row hearing”

Idaho Supreme Court hears execution procedure arguments in death row case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Gerald Pizzuto Jr., who narrowly avoided execution this summer. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County. Pizzuto’s attorneyContinue reading “Idaho Supreme Court hears execution procedure arguments in death row case”

IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Attorneys filed a variety of legal actions in both federal court and at the Idaho Supreme Court in recent months while Gerald Pizzuto Jr. awaits a decision on his potential execution. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted ofContinue reading “IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms”

Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision by the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the stay of an Idaho man’s execution, and at least bought him some time. The Commission granted Gerald Pizzuto Jr. a commutation hearing, which they will take up in November. His June 2 execution was canceledContinue reading “Idaho law forbids executing intellectually disabled people; Attorneys question whether Pizzuto qualifies”

Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports A decision from the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole on Tuesday led to the cancelation of Gerald Pizzuto Jr.’s June 2 execution date. Pizzuto Jr., 64, has been on death row for more than 35 years after he was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County.Continue reading “Idaho man’s June execution canceled, clemency hearing recommended”

Terminally-ill Idaho man on death row asks for mercy as execution nears

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Editor’s note: This story contains graphic content that may be upsetting to some readers. With his execution nearing, attorneys for a terminally-ill Idaho man on death row ask for a commutation of his sentence, outlining the horror he faced as a child. Gerald Pizzuto Jr. was convicted of a doubleContinue reading “Terminally-ill Idaho man on death row asks for mercy as execution nears”

Judge signs death warrant for Idaho man facing execution in double-murder case

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports An Idaho man who’s been on death row since 1986 could see his execution soon, after a district judge signed his death warrant, tentatively scheduling the execution for June 2. Gerald Pizzuto Jr., now 65, was convicted by a jury of two counts of first-degree murder in Idaho County andContinue reading “Judge signs death warrant for Idaho man facing execution in double-murder case”