AZ Death Row Inmate Appeals To 9th Circuit

July 17, 2014

A federal court of appeals will hear an Arizona death row inmate’s case tomorrow. Attorneys for the man said they want the state to reveal details of the execution process.

On Friday morning, Joseph Rudolph Wood’s attorneys will argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to delay his execution while they file an appeal on his behalf. They want the federal court to overturn a lower court’s decision.

A judge last week rejected the 55-year-old’s argument that his First Amendment rights were violated when Arizona refused to reveal the maker of the state’s lethal injection drugs and other details of his execution.

State prosecutors say Wood does not have a right to the information.  He’s scheduled to be executed July 23rd for the 1989 shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend Debra Dietz and her father Eugene Dietz in Tucson.