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Man executed for killing police officer in high-speed chase

Lopez, 27, said he did not intend to kill the officer. Credit: Reuters

A man convicted of fatally running down a police officer during a high-speed chase has been executed in America.

Daniel Lopez received a lethal injection at the Texas death chamber in Huntsville and was pronounced dead at 6.31pm local time on Wednesday.

In 2009, Corpus Christi Police Lieutenant Stuart Alexander, 47, was laying spikes on the road to flatten tires when Lopez's SUV hit him and sent him flying 53 metres in the air.

Lopez, 27, who said he did not intend to kill the officer, fought for years to speed up the date of his execution and dropped appeals for a stay of execution.


State official: Executed inmate 'was in no pain'

Prison officials in Arizona have denied inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood was in pain during execution yesterday afternoon.

Wood gasped for around 90 minutes during his execution and eventually died almost two hours after the lethal drugs where administrated. His lawyers filed an emergency appeal while the execution was ongoing.

Read: Death row inmate takes 2hrs to die by lethal injection

State Departments of Corrections Director Charles Ryan said he was assured "unequivocally" that Mr Wood was aware of what was happening, or in any pain.

Throughout this execution, I conferred and collaborated with our IV team members and was assured unequivocally that the inmate was comatose and never in pain or distress.

– Charles Ryan, Department of Corrections Director

Full review ordered into two hour Arizona execution

A full review has been ordered into the execution of double murderer Joseph Wood, who took two hours to die after being given a lethal injection.

Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer said that while justice had been done she was concerned by how long the lethal injection procedure took.

She said: "One thing is certain, however, inmate Wood died in a lawful manner and by eyewitness and medical accounts he did not suffer.

"This is in stark comparison to the gruesome, vicious suffering that he inflicted on his two victims, and the lifetime of suffering he has caused their family."

Death row inmate takes 2 hrs to die by lethal injection

A death row inmate "gasped and snorted" as he took two hours to die by lethal injection in the latest "botched" execution in America, Reuters reported.

Joseph Wood had sued the state demanding more information about the drugs that would be used to kill him. Credit: Reuters

Double killer Wood, 55, was given a lethal injection of drugs at 1.52pm local time but was not pronounced dead until 3.49pm, the Arizona attorney general's office said.

Prior to his execution Wood was one of six death row inmates who sued Arizona arguing secrecy surrounding the drugs used in other botched executions in Ohio and Oklahoma violated their human rights.

His death raises questions about the use of the death penalty in the US.

White House criticises botched execution

The White House has said the botched execution of a death row prisoner in Oklahoma fell short of the humane standards that must apply to carrying out the death penalty.

The execution of Clayton Lockett was stopped when he regained consciousness after receiving a lethal injection, before dying from a heart attack around 30 minutes later.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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