Just brain-dead gasps, judge told

As Arizona killer’s life ebbs, state tells hearing he’s pain-free

Posted: July 25, 2014 at 3:45 a.m.


FLORENCE, Ariz. -- As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate was comatose and not feeling any pain.

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