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Ohio Executes Killer and His Family Sues

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When a criminal is convicted and faces execution, it is a difficult scenario for the family to endure. But when execution day comes and officials in charge of the execution botch things in a major way, it can cause serious emotional damage to that prisoner’s family.

And it did – The family of the Ohio man, Dennis McGuire, who was executed with a new lethal mixture of drugs on Thursday is pursuing a lawsuit to assure that other death row inmates do not experience the same execution circumstances he did, the family and their attorney said Friday.

“I can’t think of any other way to describe it than torture,” said Amber McGuire, the adult daughter of Dennis McGuire, who was put to death on Thursday by use of a combination of drugs that had never been used for capital punishment before.

Dennis McGuire was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and murder of a 22-year-old pregnant newlywed, Joy Stewart. Her sister, Carol Avery commented that although they are Christians and can forgive McGuire, her sister suffered terror and pain and that McGuire was treated more humanely as a death row inmate than he treated Joy.

McGuire’s lawyers tried to delay his execution, arguing that the new drug method could lead to a medical phenomenon known as “air hunger” and could cause him to suffer “agony and terror.”

Apparently they were right. It took 25 minutes for his death after the lethal drugs began flowing into his veins. This execution was noted as the longest on record since Ohio reinstated capital punishment in 1999.

Witnesses say that McGuire, 53, made “loud snorting noises” as if he was gasping and in extreme distress.

The killer combination of drugs used was the sedative midazolam and pain killer hydromorphone, a mix Ohio added as a substitute option in case it had difficulty obtaining pentobarbital, a drug whose manufacturer has objected to its use in executions.

But, lets not forget, the man was being executed for a horrific and painful death he committed to a young pregnant woman.

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Madden had argued that while the U.S. Constitution bans cruel and unusual punishment, “you’re not entitled to a pain-free execution.”

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Ohio Executes Killer and His Family Sues
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  • J. L.

    In the bible, Saul became Paul. Saul was a mass murderer and changed. I am currently writing and researching a book about errors in the prison system. There are massive amount of errors and many innocent people in prison. I do not think the public is aware of just how corrupt the system is. The problem lies in the District Attorneys office. They force pleas and pile on charges.

    Killing another human being is not going to bring healing to anyone. People think it will, but it won’t. I have interviewed many people who have seen their attackers suffer and die. If we would actually try to rehabilitate people, crime would go down. If we didn’t destroy people’s lives when they do something wrong, crime would go down.

    Here is what the media does. They concentrate on the high profile cases where the crimes are horrendous and the people are obviously guilty. What they will never cover is the tens of thousands of cases that are extremely suspect. For example, I haven’t seen one article written on this website about a man who is serving a life sentence for stealing a pair of tube socks.

    Don’t judge all crimes by what you see in the media. They just cover the worst of the worst. They never cover the ones that are suspect or the cases where people went to jail and were innocent. All the media does is want to keep the public in fear. Just look at the news at night. It is nothing but fear, fear, fear, fear.

    Yeah, this guy is obviously guilty. I assure you that for ever guy like this there are ten who got screwed by the system. Doubt what I say? That is ok. Just don’t find yourself in the system and you will see exactly how true my words are.

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