Reviews: No Changes Necessary After 26-Minute Ohio Execution< < Back to
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.
Previously, McGuire's attorney was being investigated for allegedly teaching his client to gasp and fake suffocation in order to help abolish the death penalty.
The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News Tuesday.