UPDATE: Where Ohio Got Its Execution Drugs

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/20/2014 10:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.

Supplies of a sedative and a painkiller obtained by Ohio in 2012 and 2013 are called for by the state's execution policy and resulted in a prolonged execution last month that sparked calls for a moratorium on capital punishment.

The drugs purchased from Illinois-based Hospira were used in the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire.

Hospira says it manufactures the drugs to enhance and save the lives of patients it serves.

Documents obtained through a public records request show Ohio purchased its most recent batch of Hospira-made narcotics from drug distributor McKesson.

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UPDATE 2/6/2014 11:03 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Initial reviews of Ohio's lengthiest execution during which the inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison policy, found that the state execution policy was followed without variation and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

McGuire's family is suing over the 26-minute execution, saying it was cruel and inhumane.

McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman in Preble County in western Ohio.

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UPDATE 1/28/2014 11:05 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate who snorted and gasped during his execution was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the inmate to fake symptoms of suffocation before he died.

The Ohio Public Defender's Office says Robert Lowe, an attorney for inmate Dennis McGuire, was back at work Monday after an internal review could not confirm the allegation.

State prison records released Monday say guards were told by McGuire that Lowe wanted him to "put on this big show" that would end in abolition of the death penalty.

McGuire's fitful display on the execution gurney sparked criticism across the world and calls for a death-penalty moratorium. His family sued, making accusations of undue cruelty.

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UPDATE 1/22/2014 12:50 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial contender Ed FitzGerald says he supports the death penalty and believes there are times when it is called for.

FitzGerald was asked by reporters Wednesday about the death penalty following one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. Death row inmate Dennis McGuire gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug combination was used to put him to death.

FitzGerald says the procedure should be reviewed. He says his experience as a former prosecutor and FBI agent have shaped his views on the death penalty.

Republican Gov. John Kasich's spokesman has said the governor supports the death penalty and the procedure is being reviewed.

McGuire's attorney, an anti-death penalty group and several Democratic state lawmakers are urging a moratorium on executions.

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UPDATE 1/20/2014 11:20 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) - A civil-rights organization is asking Ohio Gov. John Kasich to put an immediate halt to executions after a condemned inmate gasped and snorted last week as an untested drug was used to put him to death.

The ACLU of Ohio wrote Kasich Sunday urging him to use his executive authority ahead of five scheduled executions in 2014.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made loud snorting noises Thursday during the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999. McGuire's adult children said it amounted to torture and his family says it's suing.

McGuire's attorney and an anti-death penalty group also urge a moratorium.

The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced to die for raping and fatally stabbing a pregnant woman in 1989.

The message seeking comment was left with Kasich's spokesman.

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The daughter of an Ohio inmate whose execution took an usually long time says watching her father die was the most awful moment of her life.

Amber McGuire says no one should have to die the way her father did, no matter the circumstances. Dennis McGuire appeared to gasp several times during his execution.

Amber McGuire and her attorney announced their intention Friday to sue over her father's execution, calling it cruel and unusual.

Amber McGuire, her brother and her sister-in-law watched the execution Thursday at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, sobbing as the procedure continued longer than normal.

It's unclear the nature of the lawsuit, but it would be different from current challenges to Ohio's previously untried lethal injection method now in federal court.

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