Daughter Suing Over Dad's Slow Execution
McGuire suffered cruel and unusual punishment: lawyer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 17, 2014 12:04 PM CST
This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Dennis McGuire.   (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

(Newser) – An Ohio inmate put to death for murder was tortured by his unusually slow execution, the man's daughter said today as she announced plans to file a lawsuit over her father's death. Dennis McGuire's daughter, Amber, referred to the "agony and terror" of watching her father as he appeared to gasp in his final moments yesterday—using the same words the condemned man's attorneys used in trying to stop his execution using a previously untried method of lethal injection.

"It was the most awful moment in my life to witness my dad's execution," she said in a statement ahead of the news conference. "I can't think of any other way to describe it than torture." The execution violated Dennis McGuire's constitutional right not to be treated or punished in a cruel or unusual way, said defense attorney Jon Paul Rion, representing McGuire's adult children. It's almost certain lawyers will use McGuire's execution to challenge Ohio's plans to put a condemned Cleveland-area killer to death in March.

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Jan 21, 2014 9:43 AM CST
First, why would you want to be present for your father execution?!? AND and execution SHOULD be SLOW and TORTUROUS for these animals. How do they know he suffered anyways? Gasping is normal when your about to die weather it's by execution or by something else.
Jan 20, 2014 5:40 PM CST
This little POS daughter would be pulling this crap if they killed him by ANY method....She ought to be apologizing profusely to the ones her dirtbag father murdered
Jan 18, 2014 4:55 PM CST
162 posts (so far) and a MAJORITY want to throw away the constitution. I feel like Mr Douglas in Hooterville. I am surrounded by complete idiots.