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Court rejects condemned Ohio inmate's appeal

Published: Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 2:49 p.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected arguments by a condemned Ohio killer facing a never-tried execution method that he received poor legal assistance before sentencing.

Attorneys for death row inmate Dennis McGuire have repeatedly argued his original lawyers didn’t do a good-enough job presenting evidence about his tough childhood to the jury deliberating his fate.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati turned down the latest appeal today by McGuire. He faces execution Jan. 16 for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart, who was pregnant at the time.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is expected to announce soon which of two types of lethal injection processes it will use to put the 53-year-old McGuire to death.


1mnascar(38 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Wasn't there a time in Ohio where we used to inject a bullet. That always worked before. With great speed if you have more than one gun. Fastest way I can think of. Not much pain.

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2NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I know many people who had a very tough childhood that didn't rape or kill anyone.

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3jfgiancola(177 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Yes, mnascar, if done correctly, a well placed bullet would "turn off the switch" immediately. The problem is we have bleeding heart liberals in this country who feel that the firing squad is "cruel and unusual punishment". What is more cruel than raping and stabbing to death a pregnant woman? I'm sick and tired of all these criminals who have no problem taking someone's life but are too cowardly to have the same done to them.

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4JoeFromHubbard(1805 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

He faces execution Jan. 16 for the 1989....

1989 ?

That was quite a while ago. Wait just a bit longer and he will have served a life sentence.

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