Dennis Mcguire, An Ohio man is set to be put to death Thursday by a two-drug cocktail never before used in a U.S. execution.
Dennis McGuire was convicted in 1994 of the aggravated murder of Joy Stewart in Preble County, according to the state’s governor, who has denied a request for clemency.
Like many states, Ohio has been forced to find new drug protocols after European-based manufacturers banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs in executions — among them, Danish-based Lundbeck, which manufactures pentobarbital.
Ohio ran out of pentobarbital in September, according to JoEllen Smith, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
In response to that shortage, the department amended its execution policy to allow for the use of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, she said.