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Injection lines placed correctly in Arizona inmate



PHOENIX (AP) - Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an Arizona inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes, a medical examiner said Monday.

Incorrect placement of lines can inject drugs into soft tissue instead of the blood stream, but the drugs used to kill Joseph Woods went into the veins of his arms, said Gregory Hess of the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.

Hess also told The Associated Press that he found no unexplained injuries or anything else out of the ordinary when he examined the body of Woods, who gasped and snorted Wednesday more than 600 times before he was pronounced dead.

An Ohio inmate gasped in similar fashion for nearly 30 minutes in January. An Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack in April, minutes after prison officials halted his execution because the drugs weren't being administered properly.

Hess said he will certify the outcome of Woods' execution as death by intoxication from the two execution drugs - the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone - if there is nothing unusual about whatever drugs are detected in Wood's system.

Hess' preliminary findings were reported previously by the Arizona Capitol Times. Toxicology results are expected in 4 to 6 weeks from an outside lab.

Hess is chief deputy medical examiner for Pima County, which conducts autopsies for Pinal County, where the prison is located.

Wood was sentenced to death for the 1989 killings of his estranged girlfriend, Debbie Dietz, and her father, Gene Dietz.

Wood was the first Arizona prisoner to be killed with the drug combination. Anesthesiology experts have said they weren't surprised the drugs took so long to kill him.

Arizona and other death-penalty states have scrambled in recent years to find alternatives to drugs used previously for executions but are now in short supply due to opposition to capital punishment.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered the Corrections Department to conduct a review of the execution of Wood.

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milliebsp July 28 2014 at 6:46 PM

I'm sorry, but I have trouble feeling any sympathy whatsoever for this guy.

It seems to me that someone who commits murder should NOT have the right to die peacefully.

His victims didn't!!

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jrkastl July 28 2014 at 4:21 PM

Who really cares ? This POS is a murder , he had no remorse for the innocent people he MURDERED . Should have drug him through the MOJAVE via horse

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mwoosley3 July 28 2014 at 4:06 PM

They should have brushed bacon grease from head to toe on this scum. and left him out in the middle of the desert....

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cwlanders July 28 2014 at 5:30 PM

how about we go back to either hanging or firing squad.

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alvesgrumpyone July 28 2014 at 5:37 PM

They should have killed him the same way he did his victems and made sure he suffered like they did

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KC Clark July 28 2014 at 5:12 PM

good....better than listening to maddox whine for an hour...

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goodgrief61945 July 28 2014 at 6:57 PM

Pentobarbital. One drug, and dead. Why do they keep insisting on using two or even three drugs??

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LewTag July 28 2014 at 4:15 PM

The problem must have been the dosage was too small...anyway I think they should use the same drugs the states with physician assisted suicide use....it seems to work without any complaints...but hey, nothing happens outside the will of God...from atoms to galaxies...get it???...ergo theofatalism....look it up...www.theofatalsim.org

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demswillgo2hell July 28 2014 at 10:57 PM

Im surprised Arianna would let this story be published.

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Welcome King July 29 2014 at 12:18 AM

People always talk about what they would do I doubt they would do anything.

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