TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday's execution of Joseph Wood was a "bollocks-upped situation." It took Wood nearly two hours to die after he received a lethal injection with a combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - Jurors convicted a man of murder in a 2012 asphyxiation killing in which the victim was bound up with 30 feet of duct tape and partially propped up on a couch in his Lake Havasu City home. The Today's News-Herald reports that the Mohave County Superior Court jury in Kingman deliberated for less than an hour before returning its verdict Thursday on the fourth day of Michael Mears' trial. Mears will be sentenced on Aug. 22.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona man is facing charges after police said he left his 2-year-old son alone to look for his wife while armed. KNXV-TV reports that Kaleb Pence was arrested this week in Phoenix following a relative finding the boy alone. It was not known if he had an attorney.
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. Maupin says employees voted to back him because he supports affordable student loans and all-day kindergarten.
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