An independent report on the two-hour execution of Joseph Wood earlier this year gives a positive review of how the Arizona Department of Corrections carried out the execution.
This report was commissioned by the state after the extraordinarily long execution, which went on for so long that Wood's federal public defender actually secured an emergency hearing before a judge in a bid to stop the execution, as Wood was repeatedly pumped with more and more doses of the lethal-injection drugs. Several witnesses reported Wood had a bizarre throughout, with one reporter saying Wood "gulped like a fish on land."
"The report is clear that the execution of inmate Wood was handled in accordance with all department procedures, which, as the report states, either meet or exceed national standards," Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan says in a statement. "It was done appropriately and with the utmost professionalism."More »