Arizona convict dies two hours after execution begins
July 24 , 2014
The state of Arizona took nearly two hours to execute a prisoner using lethal injection, bringing the divisive issue of death penalty in the United States and the controversies surrounding it back into focus.
After being injected with the combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, Joseph Wood, convicted for murdering his estranged girlfriend and her father, took one hour and 58 minutes to die.
His lawyers, claiming that he was “gasping and snorting” for over an hour, even filed an emergency court motion to stop the procedure.