PHOENIX — State prosecutors are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to order
the execution of a man sentenced to death for killing his estranged girlfriend
and her father in Pima County nearly a quarter-century ago.
The Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday asked for a warrant scheduling the
execution of 55-year-old Joseph Rudolph Wood III for the 1989 killings of Debra
and Eugene Dietz.
Appeals courts have upheld Wood’s convictions and death sentence and the
Attorney General’s Office said Wood has exhausted his appeals and has no action
pending in any court.
A defense lawyer for Wood, assistant public defender Dale Baich said
the Department of Corrections’ recent decision to use a two-drug combination for
executions is “novel and highly untested.”