Intravenous lines were placed correctly during the execution of an Arizona inmate whose death with lethal drugs took more than 90 minutes, a medical examiner said Monday.
Incorrect placement of lines can inject drugs into soft tissue instead of the blood stream, but the drugs used to kill Joseph Wood went into the veins of his arms, said Gregory Hess of the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office.
Hess also told The Associated Press that he found no unexplained injuries or anything else out of the ordinary when he examined the body of Wood, who gasped and snorted Wednesday more than 600 times before he was pronounced dead.
The Arizona Republic reports, "McCain backs off assertion that execution was torture," by Dan Nowicki.
Sen. John McCain is backing off his widely publicized assertion last week that the extended lethal-injection execution of Arizona double-murderer Joseph Wood was "torture."
"I don't know if it's exactly 'torture,' " McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday in an interview with The Arizona Republic. "But let me put it this way: I don't believe it's humane. Rather than use 'torture,' I think I'd rather use the wording that it's not humane. And I think that most people would agree with that.
"It shouldn't take two hours to die."
Politico posted, "John McCain: Arizona execution 'torture'," by Burgess Everett, on Friday.
“I believe in the death penalty for certain crimes. But that is not an acceptable way of carrying it out. And people who were responsible should be held responsible,” he said in an interview. “The lethal injection needs to be an indeed lethal injection and not the bollocks-upped situation that just prevailed. That’s torture.”
Earlier coverage of Arizona's botched execution begins at the link.