Sunday 25 February 2018

Ohio delays executions of death row prisoners until 2017

A hearse driving away with the body of condemned killer Dennis McGuire
A hearse driving away with the body of condemned killer Dennis McGuire

Ohio is delaying executions until at least 2017 while prison officials try to secure supplies of hard-to-obtain lethal injection drugs.

Governor John Kasich has issued warrants of reprieve allowing the execution dates for 11 inmates scheduled to die next year and one scheduled for early 2017 to be pushed into ensuing years.

Ohio has run out of supplies of its previous drugs and has unsuccessfully sought new amounts.

The department of rehabilitation and correction said the new execution dates are needed to give the prisons agency extra time to get the drugs.

At Ohio's last execution in 2014, condemned killer Dennis McGuire repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure, the longest in Ohio history, as a new two-drug combination was used.

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