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Federal government announces return of executions. Will Arizona do the same?

Posted at 10:42 PM, Jul 26, 2019

PHOENIX — After years of being on hold, just this week, the federal government announced it would resume executions.

Now, Arizona is poised to do the same.

Executions have been on hold in Arizona since inmate Joseph Wood was put to death on July 23, 2014.

Jeanne Brown watched for nearly two hours to see Wood -- who took the lives of her sister and father -- pay for what he did.

The execution was widely viewed as botched.

However, five years later, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich saying a now-resolved lawsuit removes legal barriers for executions.

He also said in a letter to Governor Doug Ducey, a recent federal decision could make acquiring the necessary drugs easier.

"If we have a death penalty and we have people sitting on death row, that have been sentenced to death because of their heinous crimes, I think justice demands that we move forward and carry out to the ultimate punishment, " Brnovich told ABC15 in an exclusive interview.

It'll be up to the Department of Corrections to obtain the necessary drugs.

Records show 14 of the 116 inmates on Arizona's death row have exhausted all of their appeals.