Some Americans are outraged that the execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood III , 55, took two hours when it should have been a ten minute procedure. The victims’ families are not.
He got what he deserved, said relatives of the victims’ families after the execution that left many onlookers stunned and may even warrant review from Gov. Jan Brewer. The lethal injection which used an experimental combination of drugs didn’t go as planned and left Wood snorting and gasping for air. One witness stated “he looked like a fish out of water.”
An Associated Press witness recounted that he gasped for air about 600 times during the execution. An hour into the execution, lawyers for Wood attempted to stop the execution, citing their client was facing cruel and unusual punishment. None of that fazes family members of Wood’s victims.
James Wood was convicted of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend Debra Dietz, 29, and her father Eugene Dietz, 55, in 1989. One vivid memory from the scene will forever stay with Jeanne Brown, sister and daughter of Wood’s victims. “You don’t know what excruciating is,” said Brown after the execution. “What’s excruciating is seeing your dad laying there in a pool of blood, seeing your sister laying there in a pool of blood.”