Arizona governor wants review of execution process after inmate's slow death

Jul 24, 2014 8:27 AM by Cheryl Wengren

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she's ordering a full review of the state's execution process, after it took nearly two hours for condemned inmate Joseph Wood to die by lethal injection yesterday.

Wood's attorneys say their client was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour" once the lethal injection was underway.

Critics are calling it the third botched lethal injection this year. An execution in Oklahoma and another one in Ohio also encountered problems.

But family members of Wood's victims say they have no problems with the way the execution was carried out. The brother-in-law of one victim says, "Why didn't we give him Drano?"


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