BOISE -- On Tuesday, Richard Leavitt will be executed for the 1984 murder of Danette Elg in Blackfoot. The Idaho Department of Correction is making the final preparations for his death by lethal injection.
The maximum security prison is now in Incident Command Mode, which means heightened alert and heightened security. It will stay that way until after the execution.
Leavitt is in a cell in F Block, the same building that holds the execution chamber where he is scheduled to be put to death on Tuesday. He's being monitored 24 hours a day by two officers.
"For an individual who's looking at, what we're looking at on Tuesday, he's anxious but in fairly good spirits," said Brent Reinke, the Director of the Department of Correction.
He says Leavitt has had regular visits from his attorney, but has not requested a spiritual advisor.
"Other than that, he's been waiting and watching, and watching legal procedures, legal actions like we all have been," said Reinke.
Leavitt is expected to have visitors through the night on Monday, his execution is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Reinke says he's expecting members of the victim's family and Leavitt's family to be there, but can't yet say who or how many might be witnesses to the execution. A handful of law enforcement and government officials and some media will be allowed to witness the execution.
Leavitt will be allowed to make a statement, then given a single lethal injection.
"As we move forward, it will be the one drug of pentobarbital," said Reinke.
This new protocol is a departure from the three injections of three different chemicals used in the past. The other chemicals became harder to obtain, and according to one lawyer representing death row inmates, the one injection reduces the risk of excruciating pain for the prisoner.
Reinke is also expecting protesters.
"This is a very polarizing event. So we'll be having both pros and cons," said Reinke. "We have lots, areas set aside for individuals who want to come out and express their freedom of speech."
But Reinke says no matter how you feel about this man or the process, his department has a job to do on Tuesday.
"We want to make sure that this is carried out with as much professionalism, dignity, and respect as we possibly can," said Reinke.
After the execution, Leavitt's body will be handed over to the Ada County coroner.
Reinke also says the escort and medical teams have been training for this day for months, and their mental well being is one of his biggest priorities.