Other witnesses — including reporters for the Associated Press and Arizona Republic — similarly said they saw Wood gasp more than 600 times.
State officials disputed these accounts in the hours after the execution, insisting that Wood did not suffer, was never in pain and did not gasp. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the Arizona attorney general’s office and a witness to the execution, said “there was no gasping or snoring.”
Gov. Jan Brewer (R) and Charles Ryan, the head of the Arizona Department of Corrections, both issued statements stressing that Wood did not suffer and saying a full review would occur.
Brewer ordered Ryan’s department to conduct the review, but Baich called for an outside inquiry.
“There is far too much that we don’t know at this point, including information about the drugs, why Arizona selected these drugs and amounts, the qualifications of the execution team, and more,” Baich said in a statement. “It is important for the people of Arizona to get answers, and only an independent investigation can provide the transparency needed following an execution cloaked in secrecy that went wrong.”