Execution Ordered for Convicted Killer Joseph Wood

July 9, 2014

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

 

1601 W. JEFFERSON
PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007
(602) 542-3133

www.azcorrections.gov

 

 

JANICE K. BREWER
GOVERNOR

CHARLES L. RYAN
DIRECTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release

 

For more information contact:
Doug Nick
[email protected]
Bill Lamoreaux
[email protected]

 

PHOENIX (Wednesday, July 9, 2014) – The Arizona Department of Corrections will carry out the Arizona Supreme Court order to execute inmate Joseph Wood, #086279, on Wednesday, July 23.

The execution is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the Central Unit of ASPC-Florence. Members of the media must be in the media staging area by 8 a.m.

Wood and his 29-year-old ex-girlfriend, Debbie Dietz, had been involved in a turbulent relationship for 5 years, which had been marred by numerous breakups and several domestic violent incidents. Debbie was working at a local body shop owned by her family. On August 7, 1989, Wood walked into the shop and shot Gene Dietz, age 55, in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver, killing him. Gene Dietz's 70-year-old brother was present and tried to stop Wood, but Wood pushed him away and proceeded into another section of the body shop. Wood went up to Debbie, placed her in some type of hold, and shot her once in the abdomen and once in the chest, killing her. Wood then fled the building. Two police officers approached Wood and ordered him to drop his weapon. After Wood placed the weapon on the ground, he reached down and picked it up, and pointed it at the officers. The officers fired, striking Wood several times. Wood was transported to a local hospital where he underwent extensive surgery.

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