COLUMBUS, Ohio — Initial reviews of Ohio's lengthiest execution during which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way the state puts prisoners to death.
The reviews found that the state's execution policy was followed and the execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.
The findings are important because the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction is under strict instructions from a federal judge to stick to its written policies.
Ohio also is planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking more closely at what happened.
McGuire's 26-minute execution was the longest since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. His family is suing, saying it was cruel and inhumane.