Ohio killer executed with new lethal drug combo

Dennis McGuire
Dennis McGuire

LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio killer appeared to gasp several times during his prolonged execution with the first use of lethal injection process never before tried in the U.S.
Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made several loud snorting or snoring sounds during the more than 15 minutes it appeared to take him to die.
It was one of the longest executions since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.
McGuire's stomach rose and fell several times as he repeatedly opened and shut his mouth.
McGuire's adult children sobbed a few feet away in a witness room as they watched him die.
McGuire was sentenced to die for the death of 22-year-old Joy Stewart in Preble County in western Ohio.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio criticized the execution.

"Unfortunately, Ohio continues to lead the way in finding new ways to put people to death," said  Mike Brickner, the organization's director of communications and public policy. "With each new execution, we continue to run from the fact that this is a fundamentally broken system."

FOX19 Digital contributed to this story.

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