Idaho is poised to conduct its next execution, the second inmate scheduled to be put to death in less than 12 months, but only the third since 1957.
Richard Leavitt, 53, also known as inmate 23081, is set to be put to death on Tuesday, June 12.
Leavitt was convicted of the stabbing death of Danette Elg in her Blackfoot home in July 1985. She had been stabbed 15 times and sexually mutilated. Leavitt was convicted in September 1985, but spent the rest of his days appealing his conviction and sentence. His most recent appeal, to the U.S. Supreme Court, was turned down this week. On Monday, the high court declined to hear his case.
On Nov. 18, 2011, Paul Ezra Rhoades was executed at the state prison facility, south of Boise.
Since Rhoades' death, the Idaho Department of Correction has revised its execution procedures.
Perhaps the greatest change is how a condemned man or woman shall die. Rhoades was killed with what was commonly known as a "three-drug" process, in which an anesthetic and paralytic were injected before a third drug was administered, which caused cardiac arrest. IDOC now has given itself new protocols that will offer executioners single-drug options, in which an anesthetic (either sodium pentothal or pentobarbital) is injected at a high-enough dose to cause death.