Daniel Wayne Cook Execution to Go Forward, State Supreme Court Rules

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Daniel Wayne Cook's 24 years on death row could be coming to an end.
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled this afternoon that the execution of a convicted murderer -- who's been sitting on death row for nearly 24 years -- can finally go forward.

The court approved the death warrant for Daniel Wayne Cook, who was convicted of the 1987 murders of two men in Lake Havasu City, during which he raped and tortured the men before strangling them to death.

In November, the court refused to set an execution date for Cook because it was unclear how the state acquired the drug sodium thiopental, a sedative used to knock out the inmate before he's hit with a lethal dose of potassium chloride.

The supply of the drug has dwindled recently because its domestic manufacturer stopped producing it. For other recent executions, the state told the court it acquired the drug from an unnamed British company that wished to remain anonymous because it feared a backlash from anti-death-penalty groups.

Cook's lawyer claimed that because the drug isn't manufactured in the U.S., its quality can't be guaranteed and the condemned may suffer some pain before dying.

Last month, the court ruled again to delay Cook's execution as it awaited the status of a petition filed to reverse the death sentence.

A date for the execution has not yet been set, but inmates are typically executed within 35 days of the death warrant being issued.  
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10 comments
rn0268
rn0268

It's about time! if you are convicted and sentenced to death you should be allowed just ONE appeal within a reasonable amount of time and if that doesn't work then the sentence should be served!!! This is ridiculous it took this long!!!

SpecialG
SpecialG

its wrong to label people as "deadbeats" just because they're poor and can't afford health insurance. There are a lot of other factors here like denials over pre-existing conditions.

Eleanor
Eleanor

24yrs and how many millions of dollars????

Coz
Coz

Bye bye dirtbag

Marcy
Marcy

Good riddance, it's just a shame it is taking so long and costs so much money to put him down.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

I wonder how many transplants could have been done with the money the state has paid over the last 24 yrs TO EXECUTE ONE MAN?

Marcy
Marcy

Yes, it's a shame that loser has cost the State of Arizona so much money on top of murdering a couple of people.

In the meantime, buy your own health insurance instead of trying to foist the costs of your medical care off on the taxpayers. Imagine how many trips to Hawaii taxpayers could take for the cost of paying for one deadbeat's transplant.

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