posted on Jul, 23 2014 @ 08:16 PM
The Wednesday afternoon execution of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took nearly two hours, confirming concerns that had been raised by his
attorneys about a controversial drug used by the state of Arizona.
Wood remained alive at Arizona's state prison in Florence long enough for his public defenders to file an emergency motion for a stay of execution
with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, after the process began at 1:53 p.m. MST. The motion noted that Wood "has been gasping and snorting for more
than an hour" after being injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs.
USA Today Article
According to the article, and an Arizona Republic reporter Michael Kiefer, who witnessed the execution, lines were run into each of Wood's arms. After
Wood said his last words, he was unconscious by 1:57 p.m. At about 2:05, he started gasping, Kiefer said.
"I counted about 660 times he gasped," Kiefer said. "That petered out by 3:33. The death was called at 3:49."
"I just know it was not efficient. It took a long time," Kiefer said.
This is crazy! TWO hours? It's unnecessary when a bullet or hanging would be so much faster. The drugs they are giving these people aren't meant for
this use. It takes A LOT for someone to overdose and they usually die from a synergistic effect from the drugs building up in their system and mixing
certain types of drugs together.
I'm pro DP, as long as they are sure beyond any shadow of doubt the person is guilty of a heinous crime. But this? This is just not right...
edit on 23-7-2014 by lovebeck because: (no reason given)