Reactions to controversial execution - Tucson News Now

Reactions to controversial execution

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The street where the double murder took place looks a lot different from it did 25 years ago.  The Dietz's auto shop was located near Speedway and Alvernon. 

On Wednesday it took convicted murderer Joseph Wood nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.  That is longer than it has taken an execution in the past. It has taken other inmates about ten minutes to die after receiving a deadly dose.  The controversy comes because of the combination of drugs used for the first time.  It was a mixture of sedatives and pain killers.  

Members of the murder victims were extremely emotional.  

Jeanne Brown is the daughter of Eugene Dietz and sister of Debbie Dietz, "I don't believe he was gasping for air. I don't believe he was suffering," said Brown. "It sounded to me like he was snoring."

Wood's attorney kept appealing to the high courts to stop the execution.  He released the following statement, "The Governor of Arizona and the Attorney General have tonight already pronounced that Mr. Wood did not suffer during his two hour execution...The fact is that Mr. Wood's execution violated this country's ban on cruel and unusual punishment." 

Governor Jan Brewer has ordered the Department of Corrections to conduct a full review of the execution process, but made this statement "One thing is certain, however, inmate Wood died in a lawful manner and by eyewitnesses and medical accounts, he did not suffer." 

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