Kasich postpones March 19 execution

There are lingering concerns about the drugs used in the lethal injection of another killer last month.
TNS Regional News
Feb 8, 2014


Gov. John Kasich has postponed the scheduled March 19 execution of Gregory Lott because of lingering concerns about the drugs used in the lethal injection of Dennis McGuire last month.

Kasich on Friday afternoon used his executive clemency power to move Lott’s execution to Nov. 19.

While the governor did not cite a reason, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols said he wanted to give the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction time to complete its internal review of McGuire’s Jan. 16 execution. “Gregory Lott committed a heinous crime for which he will be executed,” Nichols said.

During his Jan. 16 execution, McGuire, 53, gasped, choked and clenched his fists, all the while appearing to be unconscious, for at least 10 minutes after the lethal drugs - 10 mg of midazolam, a sedative, and 40 mg of hydromorphone, a morphine derivative – flowed into his body. The drugs had never been used together for an execution.

Attorneys for Lott, 51, are challenging his execution, complaining the drugs could cause “unnecessary pain and suffering” in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 19 in the U.S. District Judge Gregory L. Frost’s court.

Lott, 51, was convicted and sentenced to death for killing John McGrath, 82, by setting him on fire in his Cleveland-area home in 1986. McGrath survived in a hospital for 11 days before dying. Lott came close to execution in 2004, but the U.S. Supreme Court blocked it.

Kevin Werner, executive director of Ohioans to Stop Executions, praised Kasich for showing “leadership and careful consideration” by issuing a temporary reprieve.


By Alan Johnson - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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so I might sound harsh.. but justice was served.. he died.. so therefore execution was a success.. governor.. quit worrying about the bad guys..




This is our cue to pray for this man! !!!!!!!!


Ah...right, let's sanction killing to show people that killing is wrong.


no, not to show people that killing is wrong, but to punish this man for killing. if people do learn from it that killing is wrong, and if you kill you will likely face death, well, that's ok too..


Lott gave no consideration to the pain and suffering of John McGrath.
Why should he expect any such consideration when he serves the penalty for that crime?


The death penalty is not a deterrent. We are not in good company with the death penalty, Iran, Yemen, China all have the death penalty, we are the only Industrial Westernized country with it. Ghandi said an eye for an eye makes the world blind. We have the highest rate of incarceration and one of the highest crime rates, something isn't working. Let's not continue doing the same thing and hope for different results, just because it makes us feel good.


You're absolutely right, lets bury them up to their necks and stone them death, and then let's complain about human rights violations in other countries.


Not really sure why anyone is worried if these people suffer from pain as the victims families suffer each and every single day. The victim themselves suffered, these convicts on death row have more rights then their victims! Bunch of BS