Botched Execution in Arizona Reignites Death Penalty Debate
A so-called botched execution in Arizona is reigniting the debate over the death penalty and how lethal injections are administered.
Convicted murderer Joseph Wood – who shot his ex-girlfriend and her father in cold blood in 1989 – reportedly took two hours to die by lethal injection Wednesday, according to varying reports. Witnesses indicated after initially being sedated, Wood began gasping for air, and his lawyer unsuccessfully tried to stop the execution in the middle of the process.
Jeanne Brown, daughter and sister Wood’s victims, said he wasn’t gasping, and it sounded like he was snoring. She believes his death wasn’t excruciating, but his crimes were.
“He deserved everything he had coming to him,” she said.
On America’s Newsroom today, Martha MacCallum spoke to Fox News contributors Lars Larson and Doug Schoen about what this might mean for the death penalty in the U.S.
Larson cited a statistic that more than 70% of Americans support the death penalty, and that Wood’s death after two hours was nothing next to the 25 years it took to serve justice for his crimes.
Schoen said he’s not against the death penalty, but with the amount of wrongful and botched executions, plus issues with law enforcement, we should reexamine the issue closely.
Larson stated there has not been a single provable wrongful execution in the modern era of the death penalty – although people have been relieved of the sentence on appeal.
Watch the full discussion above.