Arizona prison chief says execution wasn’t botched

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PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) – Arizona’s prisons chief says Wednesday’s nearly two-hour execution of a murderer was not botched and the inmate was never in pain.

Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan read a statement outside his office Thursday amid outcry over the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood.

He dismissed what he called a “premature and erroneous conclusion” that it was a botched execution. He called that portrayal “pure conjecture.”

He also said the IV lines were perfectly placed in Wood’s arm and there were no complications.

A review of the execution is still underway, and Ryan says the Arizona attorney general’s office will not seek any death warrants until it’s completed.

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