Update — 7:02 p.m. EDT: Joseph Wood is dead nearly two hours after the execution began, the Associated Press reported.
Update — 6:15 p.m. EDT: The execution of Joseph Wood has begun:
The Arizona Supreme Court, after reviewing the request from Joseph Wood, has denied the petition and dissolved the stay of execution. His execution, absent further action, can proceed.
The Arizona Supreme Court issued a stay of execution moments before the scheduled execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood so that the court can consider his petition for review.
Statement from Dale Baich, one of Joseph Wood’s attorneys:
“The Arizona Supreme Court has stayed Mr. Wood’s execution so that it can consider the Petition for Review that is now before it. We are hopeful that the Arizona Supreme Court will give the necessary time and consideration to the constitutional claims raised in Mr. Wood’s petition, including review of the experimental combination of drugs to be used in the execution.”
The Supreme Court denied a further stay request and petition for certiorari on Wednesday morning.