Appeals court postpones Arizona man’s execution

(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

PHOENIX (AP) – An appeals court has granted an Arizona death row inmate’s request to postpone his execution until prison officials reveal details on the two-drug combination that will be used to put him to death.

The preliminary injunction granted Saturday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes four days before the scheduled execution of Joseph Wood.

The 9th Circuit judges did not weigh in on the “ultimate merits” of Wood’s case, but said he presented “serious questions” that justified the postponement.

Wood’s lawyers argued prison officials violated his First Amendment rights by refusing to reveal the makers of the drugs and other details.

Attorneys for the state argued there was no First Amendment right to the information.

Wood is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend and her father. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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