Arizona

Jul 24, 2014 3:27 PM by Associated Press

Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - State officials assured a judge during the nearly two-hour execution of an Arizona inmate that he was comatose and not feeling pain at any point.

A transcript of an emergency court hearing reveals the behind-the-scenes drama as the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood unfolded Wednesday. The hearing included a defense lawyer, an attorney for the state and a judge.

They discussed Wood's brain activity and heart rate, questioned if he was feeling any pain and talked about whether it would do any good to stop the execution while it was so far along.

"In talking with the director, who has been in consultation with the IV team leader, there has been no appearance of any pain," a lawyer for the state said during the hearing.

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