An eye for an eye?
The execution of a convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona lasted for nearly two hours on Wednesday, as witnesses said he gasped and snorted for much of that time before eventually dying. This drawn-out death prompted the governor to order a review and drew renewed criticism of lethal injection, the main method of execution in the United States, just months after a high-profile botched execution in Oklahoma. Below is a breakdown of the 1,385 people — responsible for killing more than 2,085 — who have been put to death in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Most cases involved torture, rape or another felony; Wood shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989.