Inmate’s Execution Took Two Hours


    The execution of an Arizona inmate took close to two hours. Jospeh Wood died after “gasping and snorting” for hours following his lethal injection. The state Attorney general released a statement that "The execution commenced at 1:52 p.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) - Florence. He was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m,.” An hour into the execution, his lawyer filed an emergency appeal in Arizona federal court claiming that his client is “alive and gasping.” Wood, 55, had previously tried to fight his execution. He claimed the state was violating his First Amendment rights because it would not reveal the source of its lethal injection drugs. While an appeals court ruled in his favor, the Supreme Court lifted the stay. His lethal injection was a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone. Those same drugs were used for an Ohio inmate who struggled for 25 minutes after receiving the lethal injection. Woods was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and her father in 1989.

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