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Arizona inmate received 15 injections of untested drug cocktail during execution

Arizona Inmate Received 15 Injections Of Drug Cocktail During Execution

Documents released Friday reveal scary details about an Arizona inmate's execution.

Joseph Rudolph Wood died on July 23rd from a lethal injection that was supposed to kill him peacefully within 10 minutes - but instead he spent nearly two hours struggling with the injections while his lawyers unsuccessfully tried to get the execution aborted.

He was pronounced dead after gasping for air more than 600 times.

A new report reveals executioners injected Wood with 15 times the amount of sedative and a painkiller they originally intended to use. Over the course of the two hours Wood spent on the table, he was injected with 750 milligrams of two drugs. Arizona's execution protocol calls for only 50 milligrams of each drug.

This is just one of many cases fueling the debate over the death penalty and lethal injection.

An Ohio inmate spent nearly 30 minutes struggling on the execution table in January.

In April, an Oklahoma inmate died of a heart attack after prison officials halted his execution because the drugs weren't being administered properly.

Arizona officials say Wood never suffered and was completely sedated. The Arizona Department of Corrections said Friday it is seeking an outside investigator for the independent inquiry.

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alls.well.that.ends.well August 02 2014 at 12:10 PM

All the tax payer money wasted
on killing this scum.
When just one well placed bullet
would have done the job...

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lkfman August 02 2014 at 11:47 AM

Amazing how this keeps getting called a "botched" execution. The scum was sentenced to death and die he did. Execution successful.

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TR by ML Neal... August 02 2014 at 11:32 AM

You're executing someone after a lwful trial and many, many appeals andyou wonder how he feels? What is wrong with that? What did he do to deserve that end? If he deserves execution, then get on with it!!! What did his victim get? Stop the pity party for the accused. Let's show some sympathy for the victims....please.

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supermolar August 02 2014 at 11:11 AM

He's dead-mission accomplished

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bo August 02 2014 at 11:22 AM

All the bleeding hearts carrying signs. Has anyone maybe a child died at the hands of one of those animals you want to save? Maybe then you would change your mind.

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MICHELLE August 02 2014 at 11:32 AM

All those who protest the death penalty and calling it "state-sanctioned murder" are preaching to the choir. Why don't they go out into the streets and try to stop people from committing unsanctioned murders?

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Paul August 02 2014 at 11:41 AM

I still don't understand why they just don't give a lethal dose of heroin. The authoritys confiscate tons of the stuff from drug dealers.

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TR by ML Neal... August 02 2014 at 11:33 AM

After at least a 10-year wait on death row.....why the complaining?

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george August 02 2014 at 11:27 AM

he really died so, so fast, about six hours minimum should be just about right time, for him to go.

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ironman george August 02 2014 at 4:10 PM

Or 30 days of agonizing pain !!!

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jakki051 george August 02 2014 at 4:36 PM

EXACTLY. AND I like Ironman's comment even better! 30 days of agony. Yep. that's about right!

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Bob August 02 2014 at 11:18 AM

What got him there?

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