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Long execution prompts messages to Ohio governor

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The governor's office says it heard from death penalty opponents and supporters following the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1g3PT88 ) the office received about 100 calls and emails after the execution of Dennis McGuire last week, with about half favoring capital punishment and half against it.

The 53-year-old McGuire gasped, snorted and took 26 minutes to die as he received a two-drug combination that had never been used in a U.S. execution.

McGuire's adult children say it amounted to torture. They plan to sue the state.

Kasich's spokesman says the procedure is being reviewed.

McGuire's attorney, a civil rights-organization and some Democratic lawmakers are among those urging a moratorium on Ohio executions.

 

Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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