Ohio killer executed by new method, took 15 minutes to die

Dennis McGuire, who was executed by the state of Ohio on Jan. 16, 2014, for the rape and murder of a pregnant woman in 1989.
AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

LUCASVILLE, Ohio – It took more than 15 minutes for a condemned Ohio killer to die from a lethal injection process never before tried in the U.S.

Dennis McGuire, 58, was executed Thursday for the 1989 rape and murder of 22-year-old Joy Stewart, reports CBS affiliate WBNS.

McGuire appeared to gasp several times during his prolonged execution. McGuire made several loud snorting or snoring sounds after being injected with the two-drug combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. His stomach rose and fell several times as he repeatedly opened and shut his mouth.

WBNS reports that Ohio adopted the use of the sedative and painkiller after supplies of its previous execution drug dried up when its manufacturer put it off limits for capital punishment.

McGuire's adult children sobbed a few feet away in a witness room as they watched him die.

A prison spokesperson said McGuire was calm when he arrived at the death house Wednesday, according to WBNS.