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Brnovich: Arizona to resume executions after 5-year hiatus

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 19:41:24-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Arizona is poised to resume executions after a five-year hiatus.

The hiatus was brought on by an execution that critics said was botched, a lawsuit challenging the way the state carries out the death penalty, and the difficulty of finding lethal injection drugs.

Brnovich said in a letter Friday to Gov. Doug Ducey that the now-resolved lawsuit removed legal barriers to carrying out executions.

He also said a recent U.S. Justice Department opinion clears the way for states to import pentobarbital.

It's unknown when the next execution will be scheduled.

Executions in Arizona were put on hold after the 2014 death of Joseph Wood.