Botched lethal injection takes nearly two hours to kill Arizona inmate

An execution taking place in Arizona tonight appears to have gone horribly awry. According to a report from the Associated Press, inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood “gasped and snorted” and was still alive more than an hour after the execution began. Wood was not pronounced dead until 3:49PM MT, one hour and 57 minutes after the beginning of the procedure.

Wood’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal during the execution, noting that he was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour” but was still alive some 70 minutes after the execution began. The whole process should have taken 10 minutes, Wood’s lawyers said.

Wood had been attempting to delay the execution by claiming his First Amendment rights were violated because the state wouldn’t release…

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