Ohio to increase lethal injection drug dosage

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio says it is increasing the dosage of the lethal injection drugs used to put condemned inmates to death.

The state says it is boosting the amount of the two-drug combo of a sedative and painkiller "to allay any remaining concerns" after the last execution, when an inmate made repeated snorting-like gasps as he died.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction also said Monday it believes death row inmate Dennis McGuire was not conscious and did not experience pain or distress during his Jan. 14 execution.

The state's policy change comes 30 days before the next scheduled execution on May 28, when a man convicted of killing a Cleveland produce vendor in 1983 is set to die.

McGuire's 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999.


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