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Arizona Botches Execution, Inmate Gasps

Arizona death row inmate Joseph Wood died nearly two hours after his execution commenced Wednesday, and his attorney said that he gasped for breath for much of that time. Wood was convicted of murder in 1989, after killing his estranged …

Oklahoma Governor Holds After Botched Execution

“If we are to have executions at all, they must not be conducted like hastily thrown together human science experiments.” On Tuesday evening, two executions were scheduled to take place in McAlester, Oklahoma: Clayton D. Lockett, who was convicted in …

Oklahoma Botches Execution, Postpones Another

An Oklahoma death row prisoner died of a heart attack roughly 20 minutes after waking up during his execution mid-injection, due to faulty equipment. The scheduled execution of a second inmate for the evening was subsequently postponed. Corrections Director Robert …