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.