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15 doses of drugs used in botched US execution: Documents

Published on Aug 2, 2014 11:22 PM
Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The two-hour-long execution of a US inmate last month required 15 doses of a relatively untested drug cocktail, according to documents, prompting renewed calls for an independent investigation.

Arizona's July 23 execution by lethal injection of double murderer Joseph Wood was drawn out for an agonizing 117 minutes, during which the condemned man gasped and snorted, rather than the the usual 10.

His attorney late Friday released 331 pages of documents he had received from the Arizona Department of Corrections, which examined Wood after the procedure, and said the use of that quantity of medication was a violation of official procedures.

"The Arizona execution protocol explicitly states that a prisoner will be executed using 50 milligrams of hydromorphone and 50 milligrams of midazolam," lawyer Dale Baich said.

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