FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a final, last-ditch appeal of an Arizona murderer seeking a reprieve from execution.
The decision came about an hour before Joseph Rudolph Wood was scheduled to be executed Wednesday in a 1989 double murder.
The high court had put the execution back on track a day earlier in a separate matter involving the secrecy surrounding Arizona’s lethal injection drugs.
In that appeal, Wood’s lawyers used a new legal tactic in which defense attorneys claim their clients’ First Amendment rights are being violated by the government’s refusal to reveal details about lethal injection drugs.
A federal appeals court ruled in Wood’s favor before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution.