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Arizona sets execution date for convicted killer

PHOENIX -- A July 23 execution date has been set for an Arizona death row inmate convicted in the killings of his estranged girlfriend and her father in Tucson nearly 25 years ago.

The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday set the execution date for 55-year-old Joseph Rudolph Wood III.

Wood was sentenced to death for the August 1989 murders of Debra and Eugene Dietz at the Tucson auto-body shop where they worked.

Appeals courts have upheld Wood's convictions and death sentence and the Arizona Attorney General's Office says Wood has exhausted his appeals and has no action pending in any court.

A defense lawyer for Wood is opposed to Arizona's intent to use midazolam and hydromorphone in a two-drug protocol, saying the drugs were problematic during recent executions in other states.

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