Ohio becomes first state to use new death penalty drug
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014
Updated: Friday, January 17, 2014 13:01
Should Texas use the new drug for executions or reform its death penalty laws?
Convicted rapist and murderer Dennis McGuire suffered a slow, state-mandated death.
McGuire was the United State’s guinea pig for a new two-drug lethal injection used by the state of Ohio in his execution Thursday. The drugs used were midazolam and hydromorphone, both never before used together in the U.S. The reason for this is because of a quasi-sanction by European drug manufacturers against death penalty states, like Texas, who buy lethal combinations of drugs in order to perform executions.
The new two-drug cocktail posed a reaction on McGuire that caused him to gasp for air several times over the span of 20 minutes, according to Associated Press. The convict’s attorney Allen Bohnert called the execution an “agonizing experiment.”
“The people of the state of Ohio should be appalled at what was done here today in their names,” Bohnert said.
Dennis McGuire gasped for breath for about 10 min. before death. His children and daughter-in-law were crying and visibly upset.— Sheila Gray (@SheilaGrayTV) January 16, 2014
McGuire’s family plans on suing the state for the incident.
Two days before the execution, Daily Mail said the drug combination that was used would cause a “painful and terrifying” effect as the inmates dies known as ‘air hunger’ in which the convict feels the sensation of being suffocated.
Texas is among many states who still enforce the death penalty on criminals but is experiencing a traditional cocktail drought.
Convicted Houston, Texas cop-killer Edgar Tamayo is set to be executed Wednesday in Huntsville, Texas.