Joseph Wood's execution delayed by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Published: Jul. 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM MST|Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 at 8:57 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Joseph Wood will not be executed on Wednesday, July 23rd, as previously scheduled after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's decision to deny a motion of preliminary injunction.

Wood was seeking information from the state of Arizona about the drugs that would be used in his execution, as well as the qualifications of the execution team. Saturday's ruling will postpone his execution until an unspecified later date.

"Today the Court has made a well-reasoned ruling affirming the core First Amendment principles regarding the public's right to know, which aid all parts of our democratic government," said Wood's attorney, Dale Baich.

Wood is facing the death penalty after killing his ex-girlfriend and her father in 1989 in Tucson.

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