AZ Execution Takes Two Hours, Inmate’s Lawyers Claim He Was Gasping for an Hour


An Arizona inmate’s execution reportedly took two hours today, and the man’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal after he was gasping and snorting for a full hour. Joseph Wood was sentenced to death row for killing his girlfriend and father, but the execution today had a pretty glaring hitch.

However, Wood eventually died, but it took almost two hours.

Wood had previously challenged the execution by arguing he had a right to know the mixture of drugs that would be used to kill him. An appeals court agreed, but the U.S. Supreme Court denied the stay of execution.

The Twitter reaction to the news was, needless to say, mixed.

Update- 9:05 pm: An Associated Press reporter witnessed the scene firsthand as Wood was set to be executed, relaying that Wood “gasped more than 600 times over the next hour and 40 minutes.”

Update- 9:50 pm: Governor Jan Brewer has since issued a statement ordering a full review of the process.

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