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Killer's family will sue state over execution



Published: Sat, January 18, 2014 @ 12:02 a.m.

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

The family of a Preble County murderer who gasped for air while being executed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the state, alleging he was subject to cruel and unusual punishment during his lethal injection.

A Dayton law firm will handle the case on behalf of Dennis McGuire’s family. Ohioans to Stop Execution announced the suit Friday, the day after McGuire became the first inmate put to death using a new two-drug combination.

“Shortly after the warden buttoned his jacket to signal the start of the execution, my dad began gasping and struggling to breathe,” Amber McGuire, the inmate’s daughter, said in a released statement. “I watched his stomach heave. I watched him try to sit up against the straps on the gurney. I watched him repeatedly clench his fist. It appeared to me he was fighting for his life but suffocating.”

McGuire was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and murder of a pregnant woman.

Witnesses to his execution Thursday described him struggling to breathe for about 10 minutes during a process that took longer than other lethal injections administered since the state restarted capital punishment in 1999.

A log of Dennis McGuire’s final moments noted that “10 mg of midazolam and 40 mg of hydromorphone were prepared and drawn into a single syringe” for use in his execution.

The actual injection was administered in about 20 seconds, but it took more than 20 minutes for McGuire to be pronounced dead.

State prison officials have offered little comment, other than noting that they are undertaking their standard review of the process.

Ohioans to Stop Execution and at least one state lawmaker are urging Gov. John Kasich to issue “an immediate moratorium” on executions, in light of McGuire’s death.

“This flawed execution reinforces my belief that the death penalty is an outdated method of punishment that has no place in civilized society,” Sen. Edna Brown, D-Toledo, said in a released statement. “... I believe the evidence overwhelmingly shows that the death penalty is not necessary or appropriate to carry out justice in Ohio. Our state must move towards life-without-parole sentencing as the appropriate punishment for the most-heinous crimes.”


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1dbman_10(1 comment)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

So lets face it your daddy was a murderer! He made someone suffer when they died but it's not fair that he suffered ? Wow the irony! Quit backing up the courts for such stupid law suits. As much as you don't want to believe it your daddy got what he deserved! Stop the insanity !!!!!

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2daar2055(54 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

He was fighting back and didnt win. He murdered 2 ppl that day a young woman and an unborn child who couldnt fight back to survive. He got what he deserved. He didnt care about you at all and how this crime was going to effect your life. So pray that he will R.I.P. and move on.

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3bmanresident(597 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

A .45 hollow point to the back of the head needs to be the only execution method. That's all the scum deserve. Cheaper than the current method and no suffering.

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4fcb(323 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

I say good! He suffered! Don't they think the poor little girl and her unborn baby suffered? What about her.All these "Do gooders" looking in the wrong places.

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5redeye1(4564 comments)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

So he suffered , big deal. I say a nice length of rope would have been faster but our liberal friends don't like it. So I agree with bmanresident just shot him , except I would use a firing squad

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6Sammysays(1 comment)posted 9 months, 1 week ago

I don't know if the family really comprehends what McGuire did. He murdered a young woman and an unborn baby. If he had to suffer a little bit when he was put to death, he earned it. I can't understand why the family believes he had a cruel and unusual punishment. The state needs to throw this one out without wasting any time at all.

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