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Arizona Man's Execution Took Nearly Two Hours - Criminal Justice News

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Posted on: Jul 24, 2014

Debate over the death penalty just got a little more heated after an Arizona execution took nearly two hours. Joseph Wood, convicted of double murder in 1989, was given a lethal injection of a two-drug combination that the state had never used prior to his execution.

Witnesses said he gasped for nearly 100 minutes after the injection. After some time, Wood's federal public defender, Dale Baich, filed papers to stop the execution. However, Wood was pronounced dead before the court could act.

This execution comes just six months after Dennis McGuire's execution in Ohio drew similar debate. After using the same lethal drug combination, McGuire took 25 minutes to die in January.

For more information on Wood's execution, read this article.

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