No changes needed to Ohio execution policy after inmate's prolonged death: reviews
Dennis McGuire was executed by means of a two-drug lethal injection process never before tried in the U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
Published Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:38PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 5, 2014 5:03PM EST
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Initial reviews of an execution in which an inmate repeatedly gasped and took 26 minutes to die found no reason to change the new way Ohio puts prisoners to death.
The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.
The state still plans a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution. It was the longest procedure since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.
McGuire, 53, made repeated snorting sounds and opened and shut his mouth several times during his execution by a never-tried drug combination. He appeared to be unconscious during that time.
His family is suing, saying it was cruel and inhumane.
Lawyers representing Gregory Lott, scheduled to die March 19 for a 1986 arson death, are suing to stop that execution based on what happened to McGuire.
McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and stabbing of a pregnant woman.
The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News.