Row over 'agonising' Ohio execution of killer Denis McGuire

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PostSat Jan 18, 2014 1:09 pm » by Icarus1


US lawyers are preparing to challenge Ohio's choice of death-penalty drugs after a murderer took 25 minutes to die from a new cocktail of chemicals.

Dennis McGuire, 53, suffered an "agonising" death in violation of his constitutional rights, lawyers said.

McGuire family lawyer Jon Paul Rion says he intends to launch a legal challenge against the new drug.

Witnesses said McGuire, who raped and killed a pregnant woman in 1989, gasped for at least 10 minutes before he died.

"He gasped deeply, there was kind of a rattling, guttural sound, there was kind of a snorting through his nose," said one unidentified witness.

"A couple of times he definitely appeared to be choking."


Ohio was forced to change its lethal injection to a new two-drug cocktail after the Danish maker of the previous execution drug refused to allow its use in capital punishment.

'Failed experiment'

Mr Rion said the execution amounted to "cruel and unusual" punishment that violated the Eighth Amendment of the US constitution.

He said he would hold a news conference later to announce a legal challenge.

Analysts said it was one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.

McGuire's defence lawyer Allen Bohnert said his death was "a failed, agonising experiment".

"The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names," he said.

In recent years, US states have struggled to get drugs for use in lethal injections.

Ohio officials chose to use the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone for McGuire's execution.

Federal judge Gregory Frost rejected appeals arguing that the drugs could cause excess suffering.

Berkeley University's Megan McCracken, who advises lawyers challenging lethal injection practices, told the BBC that "at the very least we can say this execution did not proceed as planned".

She said lethal drugs are not expected to act instantly, but McGuire's death "raised concerns".

"Under our constitution the question is whether the execution procedure presents a substantial risk of serious harm," she said.

"An execution that takes a long time certainly starts to implicate the eighth amendment."




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PostSat Jan 18, 2014 1:15 pm » by Slith


For what he did.....the agonizing wasn't long enough. I have no pity for him
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PostSat Jan 18, 2014 6:18 pm » by Thebluecanary


Slith wrote:For what he did.....the agonizing wasn't long enough. I have no pity for him


Agreed.

Also, the cocktail of drugs in the concentration that they are used for lethal injection…I'm guessing that even if he was feeling discomfort, he didn't care, and I doubt that he was capable of feeling anything at all. People who are brain dead display involuntary movement and make sounds, too. It does not mean that they are feeling pain. I think we have more to worry about than whether or not some murdering rapist was a little uncomfortable in his last moments, anyway.
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PostSat Jan 18, 2014 7:42 pm » by Tntbw


I am appalled by the way this man was executed, but not from any compassion for his suffering. He was convicted for his crime in 1994, and it took ten years to get rid of this scumbag. By death row standards, that is actually a short term delay in justice, some inmates last much longer than that. It is an insult to the victim's family that they had to wait that long for justice to be done.

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PostSat Jan 18, 2014 7:52 pm » by The57ironman


Icarus1 wrote:
"He gasped deeply, there was kind of a rattling, guttural sound, there was kind of a snorting through his nose," said one unidentified witness.

"A couple of times he definitely appeared to be choking."


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