Joseph Rudolph Wood III was executed by the state of Arizona on July 23, 2014. Joseph was pronounced dead at 3:49 pm MST, inside the execution chamber at the Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence - Central Unit in Florence. Joseph was 55 years of age. He was executed for the double murder of his ex-girlfriend, 29-year-old Debra Dietz, and her father 55-year-old Eugene Dietz, on August 7, 1989, in Tucson, Arizona. Joseph’s execution took nearly two hours. There are conflicting reports from witnesses as to whether he appeared to be gasping for air.
Joseph’s father was in the military, causing his family to move frequently. Joseph claims his father was an alcoholic. Joseph had a history of substance abuse. Prior to his arrest in Arizona, Joseph was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada for assault with a deadly weapon.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Eugene and Debra Dietz. Please pray for the family of Joseph Wood. During his final statement, Joseph said he thankful to have Jesus Christ as his savior.