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article imageMan executed in Ohio using new lethal drug

By Andrew Dyer     Jan 16, 2014 in Crime
Columbus - A convicted murderer has been executed in the State of Ohio using a drug combination never used before in state executions.
Dennis McGuire, age 53 was convicted of the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in 1989. His lawyers argued during the appeals process that the new drug combination constituted cruel and unusual punishment. According to BBC News, McGuire's lawyers also argued that the execution should be stayed as testimony outlining his troubled childhood was not heard by the jury. All appeals were ultimately denied by the Ohio federal court and Ohio Governor John Kasich refused to intervene.
According to the Huffington Post, McGuire was moved on Wednesday morning to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where executions are carried out. He requested a last meal that included roast beef and fried chicken and met with family before he was led to the execution chamber. A reporter with the Associated Press stated that McGuire gasped several times and his mouth open and closed repeatedly during the 15-minute procedure before he was declared dead. McGuire's execution was considered the longest since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
As of late, states that carry out executions have been having significant difficulties obtaining the drugs used in executions as producers have grown reluctant to supply them to be used for that purpose.
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