In yet another apparent botched execution, this time in Arizona, a condemned double murderer was allegedly stated to gasp and snort nearly 600 times in the nearly 120 minutes it took him to die on Wednesday. Reports coming from the prison state it took Joseph Wood two hours to expire. He was said to have struggled and gasped to breathe for nearly an hour and 40 minutes. The execution procedure started at 1:52 p.m. Arizona time (4:52 p.m. EDT) and ended when Wood was announced as being dead, at 3:49 p.m. Arizona time (6:49 p.m. EDT).
Wood’s attorneys filed emergency motions for a stay after his execution started, declaring that the convicted killer had been gasping and snorting for over an hour. The motion also stated that Wood was still alive and that the execution was violating Mr. Wood’s Eighth Amendment right to be executed in the absence of cruel and unusual punishment. It also asked a request of the Arizona Court to halt the execution and necessitate Department of Corrections to use lifesaving provisions required in its protocol. However that did not happen.
One witness from the media told fellow reporters that the execution was difficult to watch. He compared Wood’s breathing to a fish gasping for air. He added that it supposedly tough for everyone in the room to watch.
Another reporter, who stated he had watched at least five executions, including Wood’s, said that apparently the state of Arizona had joined up with other states that had been responsible for an entirely unnecessary horror, a bungled execution. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer told the Department of Corrections she wanted them to review their process, explaining that she was concerned by the amount of time it took to carry out the execution.
A federal judge has ordered local representatives to save all the physical evidence that was present in Wood’s execution. Gov. Brewer stated that one thing was certain. Inmate Wood died in a lawful manner and by witnesses and medical accounts stated he did not suffer. This is in complete contrast to the ghastly, vicious suffering that he imposed on his two victims, and the lifetime of suffering he put on their family.
Arizona’s corrections department explained that it followed procedure in Wood’s execution, confirming deep sedation seven different times before he was pronounced dead. They also stated that besides snoring, he did not make any grimaces or otherwise move.
Wood had been convicted of assault and murder in the 1989 deaths of his alienated girlfriend and also her father. One relative of Wood’s victims stated that she did not believe Wood was gasping for air. She never though he was suffering. She thought he sounded like was snoring. She added that a person does not know what excruciating is until he or she sees their dad and sister laying there in pools of blood. This man deserved his execution.
Wood had been the latest death row inmate to contend that a drug recently introduced in some states’ execution protocols could fail to adequately knock out the inmate ahead of the lethal drugs, subjecting the person to an excruciating death.
Numerous states have turned to midazolam this decade after they have not been able to get sodium thiopental, a drug that use to be available for executions. However an American manufacturer quit making sodium thiopental back in 2009, and countries that do still produce it will not allow it be exported to the U.S. to be used for executions.
In yet another apparent botched execution, this time in Arizona, a condemned double murderer was allegedly stated to gasp and snort nearly 600 times in the nearly 120 minutes it took him to die on Wednesday. Reports coming from the prison state it took Joseph Wood two hours to expire. He was said to have struggled and gasped to breathe for nearly an hour and 40 minutes.
By Kimberly Ruble