Review ordered into two hour death row execution

A full review has been ordered into the execution of death row inmate Joseph Wood after it took two hours for him to die by lethal injection.

It is the latest "botched" execution which has come under fire in America. Prior to his death double murderer Wood had sued the state of Arizona over access to information about what drugs he would be killed with.

View all 4 updates ›

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.

More top news