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Doctor says Wood may have sensed he was suffocating (access required)

Doctor says Wood may have sensed he was suffocating <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Seven times in two hours a masked medical doctor stood over inmate Joseph Wood with his back to the execution witnesses. The unknown doctor was touching Wood’s eye with a cotton swab and sticking a tongue depressor down his throat to look for reactions that come with consciousness.

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Killer was given two doses of lethal injection drugs in ‘botched’ execution

Killer was given two doses of lethal injection drugs in ‘botched’ execution

While Joseph Wood III, condemned for a 1989 double murder, lay unconscious, making sounds like snoring and seemingly gasping for air, U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake called for a hearing. The hearing transcript reveals that Wood was given a second dose of the lethal injection drugs – the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone – after he began making noises.

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