Arizona Prisoner’s 2-Hour Execution Involved Controversial Combination of Drugs

The recent execution of Arizona inmate, Joseph R. Wood III, has some people questioning the use of lethal injection. The injection used on Mr. Wood was a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone. It is the same combination that was used during an execution in Ohio; witnesses to the Ohio executive claimed that the prisoner was gasping for air. Lethal injection normally takes about “10-15 minutes,” but Wood’s execution dragged on for nearly 2 hours. Some witnesses allege that Mr. Wood was “repeatedly gasping” for air, while Arizona officials stated that he was “comatose” throughout the entire execution.

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