Transcript for Arizona Inmate's Execution Reignites Debate Over Death Penalty
We turn to a botched execution in Arizona. The convicted killer should have died quickly. Instead dragged out for almost two hours, the latest execution raising questions about lethal injections and Pierre Thomas is here with the details. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Good morning, George. The state of Arizona sought to execute an inmate but had a hell of a time doing it. To stomach it was an unconstitutional spectacle. To others, poetic justice. It should have taken about ten minutes to execute Joseph Rudolph wood using a controversial lethal cocktail of drugs. Instead it took an hour and 57 minutes, so long his attorneys filed an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme court. During his execution, claiming he was gasping and snorting, struggling to breathe. Some of the witnesses wearing showed. It was tough for everybody in the room. At a certain point you wondered if he ever was going to die. Reporter: It follows botched executions in Oklahoma where the use of these drugs has been challenged. He was put to death for the murders of gene and Dietz Dietz , he shot in close range. Family victims had no sympathy for how he died. You don't know what excruciating is. What's excruciating is seeing your dad lying there in a pool of blood. Seeing your sister lying in a pool of blood. That's excruciating. This man deserved it. It's not just about him. It's about other people that suffered that are still suffering. He smiled and laughed at us and then went to sleep. Reporter: Arizona's governor said while the execution took longer than she would have liked Tate doctors said the inmate did not suffer. She has ordered a review.
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