John Zemblidge, right, of Phoenix, leads a group of about a dozen death penalty opponents in prayer as the protest the possible execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the state prison in Florence, Ariz. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo)
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Lawyers for a double-murderer whose lethal injection in Arizona dragged on for two hours called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched execution" and prompted new calls Thursday for the United States to abandon the death penalty.Witnesses described Wood, 55, as having struggled for breath during his execution, while state officials said he had simply been snoring.An Arizona Republic journalist who witnessed the execution said he counted Wood gasping for air about 660 times before falling silent.U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy denied the appeal and Wood was pronounced dead one hour and 57 minutes after the execution had officially begun.
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