Hearing for Ohio inmate facing death by new drugs

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio will once again weigh competing testimony from expert witnesses sparring over the effects of a lethal injection method.

An anesthesiologist hired by lawyers for condemned inmate Dennis McGuire says the state's untried two-drug process will subject him to agony and terror as he tries to catch his breath.

The state says its own anesthesiology expert is ready to argue that experiments have shown nothing of the sort will happen.

Such dueling arguments often take place in Judge Gregory Frost's courtroom.

Frost scheduled a hearing Friday for McGuire's legal team to make its case ahead of the inmate's Jan. 16 execution.

The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced to die for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart in Preble County in western Ohio.

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