Skip to comments.Controversial execution in Ohio uses new drug combination
Posted on 01/16/2014 2:07:58 PM PST by bestintxas
Ohio inmate Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp and convulse for roughly 10 minutes before he finally died Thursday during his execution by lethal injection using a new combination of drugs, reporters who witnessed it said.
He was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of 22-year-old Joy Stewart, who was seven months pregnant. Her relatives were at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville to witness his death, according to tweets from television reporter Sheila Gray.
McGuire's "children and daughter-in-law were crying and visibly upset," Gray tweeted.
Killer executed in Ohio A Dayton Daily News reporter who also watched the execution said that before the drugs took effect, McGuire thanked Stewart's family for a letter he apparently got. "I'm sorry," McGuire reportedly said.
The convicted murderer was pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m. ET,
The execution generated controversy because, like many states, Ohio has been forced to find new drug protocols after European-based manufacturers banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions -- among them, Danish-based Lundbeck, which manufactures pentobarbital.
The state used a combination of the drugs midazolam, a sedative; and the painkiller hydromorphone, the state corrections department told CNN.
In an opinion piece written for CNN earlier this week, a law professor noted that McGuire's attorneys argued he would "suffocate to death in agony and terror."
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His crime? Article notes "He was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of 22-year-old Joy Stewart, who was seven months pregnant. Her throat was cut and she had been sodomized."
This happened 5 years before he was convicted, so a total of 24 years he has not had to pay for his sins.
All who feel sorry for this poor guy's death of agony please feel free to contribute response.
Weird family to show up at his execution. No mention of how the victim’s family felt. Media makes out the killer is the victim.
I don't feel sorry for him nor do I doubt he deserved what he got. But the sentence was death, not slow and agonizing death. The sentence as proscribed by law is what should be carried out or the sentence should be changed.I also agree that the 24-year delay in carrying out the sentence also should not have happened.
Nitrogen Asphyxiation - 99% nitrogen gas at 1.1 atmospheres through a breathing mask until the brain waves are flat.
Nitrogen is all natural
Causes rapid unconsciousness
No toxic chemicals
Why not just use pure heroin?.......................
Why don’t they just use heroin/morphine?
The guy was a rapist, sodomite, and murderer of a woman and her unborn child. How do we know this criminal wasn't acting out gasping and convulsing? Of course, if he wasn't faking it, consider it icing on the capital punishment cake.
Good grief! What’s the big deal? Just give them the same stuff that they use to humanely put dogs down with! One shot and the dog goes to sleep and stops breathing, another shot and the dog’s heart stops beating.
Oops, 1 min and 3 seconds. Still.....
Your solution is spot on! Unfortunately it is too much common sense for the libtards to accept...
Sounds like a plan.
Wouldn’t a plastic bag over the head work just as well?
It really doesn’t have to be this way,,, I think they are purposely not using the ‘right’ combination of drugs to make the death penalty a more controversial subject. As a Veterinarian, we use a two injection method, and it goes very smoothly.
Nitrogen is dirt cheap, and a K-bottle of compressed dry nitrogen should be enough to speed several murderers on their way ...
An even simpler method....straight helium.
The part I like most is it can be applied to multiple, S-itholes, at the same time at no additional expense!
Roll out the Orange/ Red tanks!
He’s dead isn’t he?
The constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. It does not guarantee a painless execution.