The Arizona Attorney General pronounced Tom Horne officially dead at 3:49 p.m., but this execution was not instantaneous and it took much longer than a matter of minutes.
Reports say Horne was convicted of killing his estranged girlfriend 29-year-old Debbie Dietz and her father 55-year-old Gene Dietz inside a Tucson, AZ repair shop back in 1989. Horne was sentenced to death and finally executed on Wednesday afternoon.
According to ABC, the execution did not go smoothly and it took nearly two full hours for Horne to die. During the execution, the report said Wood was “gasping and snorting for more than an hour.”
His attorney’s tried to appeal while the execution was taking place, but a judge did not stop what was happening. Horne’s defense attorney, Dale Baich, told ABC it was a “botched execution that should have taken 10 minutes.”
Despite how long it took Horne to die, the victim’s sister, Jeane Brown, had zero sympathy. She said this was nothing compared to what her family had to endure and, “I don’t believe he was gasping for air. I don’t believe he was suffering. This man deserved it.”
According to ABC, Horne’s execution is Arizona’s third since last October.