posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 06:58 PM
US lawyers are preparing to challenge Ohio's choice of death-penalty drugs after a murderer took 25 minutes to die from a new cocktail of
Dennis McGuire, 53, suffered an "agonising" death in violation of his constitutional rights, lawyers said.
McGuire family lawyer Jon Paul Rion says he intends to launch a legal challenge against the new drug.
Witnesses said McGuire, who raped and killed a pregnant woman in 1989, gasped for at least 10 minutes before he died.
"He gasped deeply, there was kind of a rattling, guttural sound, there was kind of a snorting through his nose," said one unidentified witness.
"A couple of times he definitely appeared to be choking."
Mr Rion said the execution amounted to "cruel and unusual" punishment that violated the Eighth Amendment of the US constitution.
Not sure what to make of this.
The chemicals used were "the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone".
He may have been choking but it's unlikely he was conscious and, therefore, suffering.