Dennis McGuire

Attorneys for three Ohio death row inmates are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay their scheduled executions.

A federal appeals court paved the way on Wednesday for Ohio to resume executions by lifting a lower court's decision to halt the state's lethal injection process.

It was a contentious decision that split the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges in an 8-6 vote.

In the case brought by death row inmates, the judges focused on the effects of the sedative midazolam, one of the three lethal injection drugs used by Ohio.

There haven’t been any executions in Ohio for almost three years because the state has not been able to obtain the necessary lethal injection drugs. But a widely used and available gas could be used as a substitute.

With two dozen scheduled executions in limbo, Ohio has sent a forceful letter to Washington asserting that the state can obtain a lethal injection drug from overseas without violating any laws.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it's dropping the two-drug lethal injection cocktail used to execute an inmate last year during which he repeatedly gasped and snorted. 

Ohio House Passes Bill To Shield Lethal Injection Drug Makers

Nov 20, 2014

Majority Republicans in the Ohio House haave approved a bill shielding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs for a minimum of 20 years. 

A new bill in the Ohio legislature would hide from the public information about pharmacists, doctors, drug companies and drug ingredients. 

State of Ohio

After several years of multiple executions, one was carried out in Ohio this year.

The state is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Dennis McGuire, who repeatedly gasped and snorted during his January execution.

Ohio is shielding interviews with 20 prison employees involved in the January execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped and snorted as he was put to death with a never-before-tried drug method.

State Report On Lethal Injection Protocols Raises Questions

Apr 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has reviewed January's problematic execution, and says it will continue to use the drugs that were used for the first time in that case.

State Increasing Lethal Injection Dosages

Apr 29, 2014

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections says it is increasing the dosages of the two-drug lethal injection combo "to allay any remaining concerns" after the last execution, when an inmate made repeated snorting-like gasps as he died.

Records obtained by The Associated Press show that Ohio's most recent batches of lethal execution drugs were produced by a company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment.

Initial reviews of an execution in which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state carries out executions.

An attorney for a condemned Ohio inmate who snorted and gasped during his execution was temporarily suspended last week while officials investigated whether he had coached the inmate to fake symptoms of suffocation before he died.  

Problems With Execution Of Convicted Killer

Jan 17, 2014
Associated Press

An attorney for the family of a killer whose execution by lethal injection Thursday was marked by several minutes of unprecedented gasping and unusual sounds plans to sue the state over what happened.

Documents show a condemned Ohio killer facing a never-tried lethal injection method attempted unsuccessfully to delay his execution by requesting he become an organ donor.

A federal judge has refused to stop the execution of an Ohio man facing death by a never-tried execution method that the inmate's attorneys allege will cause him agony and terror. 

Ohio's governor is refusing to spare a condemned killer who raped and stabbed to death a pregnant woman and is sentenced to die by a lethal injection process never used in the United States.

Parole Board Recommends Against Clemency For McGuire

Dec 20, 2013

The Ohio Parole Board today recommended the Governor not grant clemency to a death row inmate convicted of raping and killing a pregnant Preble County woman in 1989.

Attorneys for a death row inmate are asking the Ohio Parole Board to recommend clemency for their client, citing his chaotic and abusive childhood and the failure of his original lawyers to work hard enough on his behalf.