Dennis McGuire, who was convicted in 1994 of the rape and murder of Joy Stewart, was executed today at 10:53 a.m. He was an inmate at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio for 20 years. He was executed by lethal injection but unlike most other executions his was a little different. Recently, many European-based manufacturers banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions. So the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility used an alternative drug to inject into McGuire which had a different effect than the usual drug used. Witnesses say once injected, the drug took over 20 minutes to kill McGuire and he sat there and grasped repeatedly. His family was present during the execution and were very upset after seeing him suffer and die slowly.
In my opinion I think executions are necessary and appropriate if conducted in a certain manner. Yes, he was convicted of murder and rape but no one deserves to sit there and suffer and die slowly. I think Correctional facilities need to find a better alternative drug in order to make the executions go more smoothly.