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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The state corrections director says an independent review of the controversial execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood is underway.

Gov. Jan Brewer ordered the investigation after last week's execution in which Wood was seen “gasping and snorting” and took two hours to die.

Corrections Director Charles Ryan said on Friday that records from the procedure show the amount of drugs administered comply with the department's mandate under state law.

A total of 750 milligrams each of Midazolam and Hydromorphine were administered to Wood. The records say the two drugs deeply sedated Wood and he did not endure pain.

More information is being gathered from the Pima County Medical Examiner, including a toxicology report.

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