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Arizona to probe why killer took 2 hours to die after lethal injection

Arizona to probe why killer took 2 hours to die after lethal injection

A day after the third execution to go awry this year, critics of capital punishment on Thursday called for a thorough investigation into why it took almost two hours for Joseph Rudolph Wood to die in Arizona and also asked for a deeper look at all of the issues surrounding how the death sentence is carried out. Wood, 55, convicted of a double murder in 1989, was executed by lethal injection and took one hour and 57 minutes to die on Wednesday, raising questions about whether constitutional bans on cruel and unusual punishment were violated. Opponents of the death penalty argued that the procedure was botched, while state officials, including Gov. Jan Brewer, insist the execution was...

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