Arizona inmate received 15 injections of untested drug cocktail during execution

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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.

Arizona inmate received 15 injections of untested drug cocktail during execution
Family members of the victims, Jeanne Brown, left, who had a sister and father murdered, speaks during a news conference as her husband Richard Brown listens, after the nearly two hour long execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. (AP Photo)
Associated Press reporter Astrid Galvan, a witness to the nearly two hour long execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, talks about the details of what she saw at the state prison on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 denied a final, last-ditch appeal from Wood, who is seeking a reprieve from execution. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections, File)
The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)
Arizona Republic justice reporter Michael Kiefer describes what he saw as a witness to the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, which took more than an hour and a half at the state prison on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)
A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz. where the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Arizona's highest court on Wednesday temporarily halted the execution of the condemned inmate so it could consider a last-minute appeal. The Arizona Supreme Court said it would consider whether he received inadequate legal representation at his sentencing. The appeal also challenges the secrecy of the lethal injection process and the drugs that are used. (AP Photo)
The Arizona state prison is shown where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Florence, Ariz. Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)
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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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