A man convicted of the 1989 rape and murder of a pregnant
woman was executed in Ohio using a two-drug method never
applied before in the United States, the state corrections
Dennis McGuire, 53, was pronounced dead at 10:53am ET at a
state prison, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and
Correction said in a statement.
McGuire received a combination of 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
Lawyers for McGuire had argued in a last minute appeal
rejected on Monday by a federal judge that the never-before
used drug combination would put him at a substantial risk of
severe pain and a terrifying inability to obtain breath
before he lost consciousness during the execution.
US District Judge Gregory Frost had said McGuire failed to
demonstrate a substantial risk of severe pain, though he also
said that did not mean the court was convinced the execution
would be pain-free or even complication-free.
McGuire was convicted of the rape, kidnapping and murder of
Joy Stewart, whose body was found by hikers in woods in
western Ohio a day after she had been seen talking with
McGuire, according to court records.