Joseph Rudolph Wood update: Death row inmate seeks reprieve from execution

PHOENIX - Attorneys for an Arizona death row inmate have asked a federal appeals court to give their client a reprieve from his July 23 execution while they litigate an appeal on his behalf.

Inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a decision last week from a lower court judge who rejected arguments that his First Amendment rights were violated by the state's refusal to reveal the drugmakers and other details.

Wood's lawyers say the information will promote confidence in the courts system.

The state's lawyers say Wood doesn't have a right to the information he is seeking.

Wood is scheduled to be executed for the 1989 shooting deaths of his estranged girlfriend, Debra Dietz, and her father, Eugene Dietz, in Tucson.

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