Joseph Wood was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her father at their family auto shop in Tucson, Arizona in August 1989. He was sentenced to execution, scheduled to begin July 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm.
At 3:27 pm, a public defender named Robin Konrad, who represented Wood, called Judge Neil Wake of the Arizona Federal District Court, who stepped out of a meeting to take the call, to make an emergency motion for stay of execution. She then three-way-called in Jeffrey Zick, a prosecutor for the attorney general, who also stepped out of a meeting to take the call. The state was botching Wood's execution, and an-hour-and-a-half into the procedure he was writhing and gargling on the gurney, very much alive. During the time in which they haggled over the proper protocol on canceling an execution, Wood died.
Here is the transcript of that phone call.
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