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Gov. Brewer Wants Review of Execution Process

PHOENIX (AP) _ Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is asking for a review of the state's execution process after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half before dying. 

Brewer said in a statement Wednesday that she is concerned by how long it took for an administered drug protocol to complete the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood.
 
The governor says she is directing the state Department of Corrections to conduct a full review.

However, she says his execution showed justice was carried out.
 
Brewer says medical and eyewitness accounts indicate Wood did not suffer and died in a lawful manner.

His defense lawyers say the botched execution should have taken 10 minutes.
 
Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of 29-year-old Debbie Dietz and 55-year-old Gene Dietz.

 

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