BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho death row inmate Gerald Ross Pizzuto Jr. has been scheduled for execution on June 2.
A judge signed the death warrant for the terminally ill 65-year-old inmate on Wednesday.
planned execution was first reported by The Marshall Project, which
said Pizzuto has been on hospice care with bladder tumors, diabetes and
other serious medical issues for more than a year.
Pizzuto is one
of eight people on Idaho’s death row. He was sent there in 1986 after
his murder conviction for the 1985 beating deaths of Berta Herndon, 58,
and her nephew Del Herndon, 37, at a remote Idaho County cabin where
they were prospecting.
Prosecutors said Pizzuto, armed with a .22
caliber rifle, tied the victims’ wrists behind their back and bound
their legs to steal their money. He bludgeoned them both and shot Del
In appeals, Pizzuto
has argued that he is intellectually disabled and federal law prohibits
the execution of people with intellectual disabilities. But in 2019 the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that
Pizzuto failed to show he met the criteria to be considered