Kasich denies clemency for death row inmate

By Frank Lewis

January 8, 2014

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Gov. John R. Kasich has denied a request for executive clemency for inmate Dennis McGuire, 53, of Preble County, who in 1994 was convicted of the aggravated murder of Joy Stewart in Preble County. Stewart was pregnant at the time.

On Dec. 20, the Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended against clemency for McGuire. He is scheduled to be executed on Jan. 16 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.

The execution team at SOCF will, for the first time, use a an IV of just Midazolam and Hydromorphone, when it executes Dennis McGuire on Jan. 16. Midazolam is a sedative and Hydromorphone is a painkiller. The execution formula was decided on when SOCF warden Donald Morgan notified Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections officials that there was not a sufficient quantity of Pentobarbital, a drug used in lethal injections, available at his facility.

The first person scheduled to be executed with that formula was Ronald Phillips who was scheduled to be executed in November, but, that execution was postponed while authorities sort out the feasibility of his request to donate a kidney to his mother and his heart to his sister. Phillips was convicted of raping and murdering the three-year-old daughter of his girlfriend.

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