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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