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.
They could try using a 25’ length of rope around the neck and dropping the condemned from 35’ up. It would be pretty quick, if that’s the issue.
I am sure he was completely out. The drugs relaxed the muscles of his airway, hence the snoring and gasping.
Helium is vastly more expensive than nitrogen, and is in somewhat short supply.
It would make their last words more fun
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.
And this is a bad thing?
Not that I sympathize with the worthless POS who was executed, but 10 minutes of convulsions? What they heck are they doing?
My veterinarian has a drug mixture he can inject into a 175 lb dog, which kills it in about 30 seconds with no convulsions, no spasms, no gasping for breath, no nothing except eyes closing, breathing and heartbeat slowing to a stop.
I worked with placing N, on underground telephone cables and we all had to learn it’s dangers. “Never to be opened in enclosed areas”.
. . . if only we had a strategic federal reserve . . .
That’s wicked, but funny.
They probably don’t use it because they don’t want him to get addicted......................
No controversy here, except perhaps that this demon did not suffer *enough*. I always feel badly for the family of the perp, but he deserved death, period.
We have had a spate of killings in NE Pa recently, and if I had my way, all the murderers would be dead before spring. Bob
We had one ... not sure how much is left, but the price has really jumped in the last 10 years.
No their supply has been cut. Read why:
Sounds like a market has just opened up in the U.S.
Stingy Europe. They want to hog all their killin' drugs for grannies and sick children.
He forgot to carry his angel coin. Oh well, next time..... Bob
We could use about ten of these at the white house
“An even simpler method....straight helium.”
Expensive, and wasteful. Lead poisoning seemed to work fairly well for hundreds of years...what happened?
“McGuire’s children and daughter-in-law were crying and visibly upset”
So what? “The family of the brutally raped and murdered woman cried and were visibly upset when they found out about the death of Ms Stewart.”
This is such a fake controversy. give the guy 20-30- heck give him 100 mg of ativan IV, followed by 4-500 mg of succinyl choline, 500meq of KCl, stick a tag on his toe, toss him in a bag and throw him in a hole. The walk away.
He’s a murdering POS and his family should be told that the state is getting rid of this cock roach and you’d be best to forget he ever existed.
“Stingy Europe. They want to hog all their killin’ drugs for grannies and sick children. “
You have hit the nail on the head.
Ten minutes, as anyone [me for example] who’s watched a loved one die from cancer over the course of six or seven months will tell you, is not “slow and agonizing.” It is probably not even “slow and agonizing” compared with the relatively rapid death of his victim. Your concern is misplaced.
I am trying to find some compassion. Cannot do it. For his victim, yes.
Yup. Fine over here.
As opposed to a trip through a wood chipper.
“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.”
I suppose that you are referencing “cruel and unusual” punishment.
Please define for us, “cruel and unusual punishment”. My point: Everyone on the planet has an opinion as to what ‘cruel and unusual’ means because it is not specifically defined in the Constitution”.
My opinion is that I hope he suffered a lot during his death throes and ask why couldn’t his suffering last a lot longer?
I’d go along with it if the murdered woman forgave him. Seems only fair. Oh, and the baby he killed too.