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Controversial execution in Ohio *UPDATE*

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CNN) -- 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."

"The state disagrees. But the truth is that no one knows exactly how McGuire will die, how long it will take or what he will experience in the process," wrote Elisabeth A. Semel, clinic professor of law and director of the Death Penalty Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

According to a pool report from journalists who witnessed the execution, the whole process took more than 15 minutes, during which McGuire made "several loud snorting or snoring sounds."

CNN's Sonny Hostin said that McGuire's execution will likely spark debate over whether how inmates react to the use of the drugs constitutes cruel and unusual punishment prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

"Whenever there's a change in the lethal injection process clearly it's subject to legal proceedings and perhaps we will see those," Hostin said.

Ohio ran out of pentobarbital, which is a narcotic and sedative barbiturate, in September, according to JoEllen Smith, the spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In response to that shortage, the department amended its execution policy to allow for the use of midazolam and hydromorphone.

Stewart's body was discovered by hikers near a creek in southwestern Ohio in February of 1989. Her throat was cut and she had been sodomized.

The state was set to execute death row inmate Ron Phillips using the new drugs last year, but Gov. John Kasich granted the convicted killer a stay of execution pending a review of a possible organ donation to his family members.

There are currently 138 men and one woman on death row in Ohio, according to the corrections department website.





So I guess I was right, there is now a lawsuit underway regarding the manner in which this man died

Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM
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by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM
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Ah he got what he deserved. He killed a lady and probably died better than she did.
by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:48 PM
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Good. . I hope he suffered. .
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by on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM
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ok, what's the issue?

by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM
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Because the manner in which he killed that woman wasn't cruel and unusual? If they're on death row, it's for a reason. Why should their deaths be painless?
by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Sorry, no sympathy for him here.

by Gold Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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He got gorked out on two powerful drugs.  Even if he gasped (which is normal as the body dies), he didn't feel any pain or awareness, so not a bad way to die. 

by Silver Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM
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I am from Ohio and it sounds like that asshole had a better death than his victim did.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM
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I hope he did suffer. I am sure he wasn't concerned with how "humane" the death of his vicitm was.

by Gold Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM
9 moms liked this to death for murder, they should be killed in the same manner as their victim!
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM
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He deserved ever single second of it. They should have gotten pliers and ripped out his finger and toe nails as he was gasping for air.
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