The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Ohio Governor John Kasich to suspend executions in the state through 2015.
The move comes after a botched execution in Oklahoma where an inmate convulsed violently before dying of a massive heart attack. A new sedative in a three-drug combination was used during the execution of Clayton Lockett. Lockett tried to lift his head and convulsed after being declared unconscious by a doctor. The execution was halted and Lockett died later.
In Ohio, the ACLU is asking Gov. Kasich to grant clemency to Arthur Tyler. The Ohio Parole Board on Tuesday recommended mercy for Tyler who is scheduled to be executed May 28. Late this afternoon Kasich granted clemency to Tyler commuting his death sentence to life in prison without parole.
In addition, the ACLU is asking the governor to suspend the next nine executions.