PHOENIX — In the wake of the July 23 execution of convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III — who took nearly two hours to die after the start of his lethal injection procedure — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the state’s execution process.
Wood gasped more than 600 times before he died in a state prison in Florence, Ariz., according to some accounts by witnesses, and he lived so long after receiving the lethal injection that his lawyers were able to launch an emergency legal appeal to halt the execution. According to The Guardian newspaper, a Catholic priest was present throughout the protracted execution, praying the Rosary.
But while the incident has focused national...READ MORE