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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.

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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

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