Ohio Lawmakers Drive to Give Anonymity to Drug Makers Who Supply Death Row

McGuire’s family said Dennis clenched his fists, gasped and took 20 minutes to die because of a botched lethal injection. Their lawsuit is pending.

The McGuire death prompted a federal judge to issued an injunction blocking any more lethal injection executions until 2015 so that Ohio officials could do a better job of mixing their death-drug cocktails.

Ohio State Rep. Jim Buchy (R) doesn’t have any sympathy for McGuire, who was convicted of killing Joy Stewart and the 22-year-old woman’s unborn child.

“It is a real shame that the challenges experienced during the murderer’s execution have taken attention away from Ms. Stewart, who suffered far more pain and suffering than did her assailant a full quarter-century later,” he wrote in a statement released by his office.

“Consider: The murderer lived longer AFTER committing murder than his innocent victim lived her entire life,” Buchy added.

That logic does not sway Sen. Brown from her mission of ending capital punishment in Ohio.

“Rather than looking to hastily pass laws to continue the extremely flawed execution process in Ohio, I hope the General Assembly will instead take this opportunity to seriously reevaluate why our state continues to pursue capital punishment cases in the first place,” Brown said in a statement released in September 2014 as she introduced legislation to end Ohio’s death penalty.

Brown said the issues raised by the inability of Ohio and other states to find appropriate and reliable drug cocktails to use during executions are just the latest in a long list of reasons to re-evaluate the entire practice.

“A series of botched executions in Ohio and elsewhere reinforces the necessity to abolish this archaic and ill-considered practice rather than providing legal protection for it,” she added.

Utah is also faced with a lethal-drug injection shortage, but State Rep. Paul Ray (R) does not want that to get in the way of killing murderers.

He is backing legislation approved by a state House committee Nov. 20 that would reinstate the use of firing squads in Utah.

Ray admitted there would be some “initial pain,” but told the Salt Lake Tribune a firing squad armed with rifles aimed at a prisoner’s heart would be “absolutely one of the most humane ways to execute someone because it’s so quick and, quite honestly, one of the most painless ways.”

The firing squad bill is expected to be on the agenda for the Utah General Legislative Session in January 2015.