COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show an Ohio inmate took 26 minutes to die during an execution in which he gasped repeatedly — the longest amount of time since the state resumed putting inmates to death 15 years ago.
The timeline of Dennis McGuire's death indicates Ohio's never-before-tried combination of lethal drugs began at 10:27 a.m. Thursday, with McGuire being pronounced dead at 10:53 a.m.
Timelines of the 53 Ohio executions since 1999 analyzed by The Associated Press found that the next-longest execution was the 22 minutes it took killer Reginald Brooks to die in 2011. Brooks received a lethal dose of a different drug.
McGuire was executed with doses of a sedative and painkiller that had never been used before to put an inmate to death in the U.S.