COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An anesthesiologist working for the family of an Ohio inmate put to death during a prolonged execution in January says the prisoner experienced pain and suffering before he lost consciousness.
California doctor Kent Diveley (DEYE’v-lee) says neither of the drugs used to execute Dennis McGuire can be relied on to produce a rapid loss of consciousness and death.
Diveley said in a report released by attorneys for McGuire’s family Tuesday that the execution was not humane from a medical perspective.
A federal civil rights lawsuit filed by McGuire’s adult children alleges McGuire “suffered needless pain and suffering” during the Jan. 16 execution.
The state prisons agency concluded in April there was no evidence McGuire experienced pain.