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Ohio Lethal Injection Took 15 Minutes to Kill Prisoner
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Last updated on January 16, 2014 @ 6:30PM
Created on January 16, 2014 @ 5:21PM

Lethal injection. Some have argued it's the most humane way to carry out the death penalty. But after an execution in Ohio Thursday morning, people may not be able to make that argument anymore.

A convicted murderer was put to death Thursday by a previously untested batch of drugs, causing his death to be drawn out to over 15 minutes.

Dennis McGuire was sentenced to death after he was convicted of raping a pregnant woman and stabbing her to death in 1989. The reason his execution took so long on Thursday is that many of the companies that manufacture lethal drugs are based in Europe, and recently those companies have banned the use of their products from being involved in the death penalty. With a shortage of supplies, the State of Ohio turned to a combination of sedatives and painkillers to kill McGuire; a combination lawyers argued would make him "suffocate to death in agony and terror." McGuire reportedly gasped and convulsed for a quarter of an hour before he was pronounced dead.

Many local residents said they think this execution was inhumane.

"Yeah, I think it's inhumane because, like other people say, you don't want to do that to anybody or anything, let alone a person," Eddie Willis of Marion County.

Dolly Cole, also of Marion, said, "I don't think they would do that to an animal, so why would you do that to a human being?"

We haven't had the death penalty in West Virginia since 1965, and many locals think it should stay that way, but a few said they think we should bring it back for our worst criminals.

"Make them pay for it. Keep them in that jailhouse and make them pay for it. Don't ever let them out," said Mac Hanan of Harrison County.

"Every state should have it because there are some bad people out there. What goes around comes around, to a certain extent," Willis said.


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Comments (5)
Jan 17, 2014 at 10:59 AM
Should have taken longer. he had pain killers injected so he wouldn't feel anything. bet he didn't do that for his victims.
Jan 17, 2014 at 1:51 AM
This is what I don't get ,, this BEAST rapped a pregnant woman & then stabbed her to death killing both her & her unborn child & then he spends almost 25 years on death row & finally gets the execution that he deserves but it lasts for about 15 minutes & they are complaining about this type of execution not being "Humane" ,, he deserved every minute of that execution even if it lasted 15 minutes more because of what he had done to that woman & her unborn child ,, executing people for their heinous crimes should be painful because of what they had done to their victims & I think it's crime for people to sit on death row for more than a week
Jan 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM
Dennis McGuire was sentenced to death after he was convicted of raping a pregnant woman and stabbing her to death in 1989.

Was THIS humane??????????? I could care LESS about how this murderer who was NOT humane.......was executed! A bullet would be cheaper for taxpayers though!
Jan 16, 2014 at 7:38 PM
A 75 cent 45 caliber bullet to the back of the skull. Most efficient and humane type of putting an animal down and yes an animal that kills pregnant women. Not to clean, but quick and to the point.
Jan 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM
First how long did it take for this guy to strangle this innocent pregnant lady while looking into her eyes watching her struggle for air? She was awake looking at this creep hoping he would let go so she could breathe and they say oh this poor man was gasping for air suffering the whole 15 minutes, waaaa waaaa! Don't use drugs anymore, don't give liberals ammunition to try and ban the death penalty, or the part of the public that does care about people but who are quick to forget why this man was put to death to begin with. Use the cheapest form of execution that I can think of, a75cent 45 caliber bullet to the back of the skull, execution style, done.