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Ohio Initial Reviews Find No Changes Necessary After Last Ohio Execution


UPDATED: Wednesday February 5, 2014 2:34 PM

Initial reviews of Ohio's lengthiest execution during which the inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison policy, found that the state execution policy was followed without variation and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

McGuire's family is suing over the 26-minute execution, saying it was cruel and inhumane.

McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of a pregnant woman in Preble County in western Ohio.

The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News Tuesday.

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