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Former prison warden present at botched execution in Arizona hired by OK DOC

BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER and CARY ASPINWALL, Tulsa World Published: August 27, 2014

Oklahoma's Department of Corrections has hired the former warden of an Arizona prison where a lengthy botched execution occurred last month, records show.

Lance Hetmer has been hired as special assistant to DOC Director Robert Patton, a newly created position. Hetmer was the warden at Arizona’s Florence Prison complex.

On July 23, the Florence prison was the site of the execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood, which took nearly two hours while the inmate snorted and gasped for breath, witnesses said. Records show Wood was injected 15 times with an experimental combination of drugs, including midazolam.

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