Lethal injections face scrutiny after two-hour US execution

The US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to dieThe US Supreme Court is under increasing pressure to consider halting death sentences by lethal injection after a convicted Arizona killer took two hours to die. Opponents and supporters of capital punishment alike say they believe the highest US court will agree to consider the issue. Double murderer Joseph Wood gasped and snorted as he lay on a gurney for 117 minutes after officials from the US state of Arizona injected him with a relatively untested lethal drug cocktail. His was the third execution this year to have been drawn out far beyond the usual 10 minutes, as states face a shortage of tried and tested drugs after European manufacturers halted exports.

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