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Ohio's longest execution places future of states' efforts to obtain lethal drugs in doubt

  • FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows inmate Dennis McGuire. McGuire appeared to gasp several times and took an unusually long time to die — more than 20 minutes — in an execution carried out Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, with a combination of drugs never before tried in the U.S. An attorney for McGuire's family said it plans to sue the state over what happened. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)The Associated Press

  • Amber McGuire, left, recounts the execution of her father, Dennis McGuire, as her sister-in-law Missie McGuire cries at a news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio, where they announced a planned lawsuit against the state over the unusually slow execution. McGuire's lawyers had attempted last week to block his execution, arguing that the untried method could lead to a medical phenomenon known as “air hunger” and could cause him to suffer "agony and terror" while struggling to catch his breath. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)The Associated Press

  • Dennis McGuire holds a tissue while announcing a planned lawsuit against the state over the unusually slow execution of his father, also named Dennis McGuire, at a news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio. McGuire's lawyers had attempted last week to block his execution, arguing that the untried method could lead to a medical phenomenon known as “air hunger” and could cause him to suffer "agony and terror" while struggling to catch his breath. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)The Associated Press

  • Missie McGuire, left, listens to her husband, Dennis McGuire, at a news conference Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Dayton, Ohio, where they announced their planned lawsuit against the state over the unusually slow execution of his father, also named Dennis McGuire. (AP Photo/Kantele Franko)The Associated Press

Family members of a condemned Ohio man who took 26 minutes to die have threatened a lawsuit and new questions are arising about the ability of states to carry out executions.

Death row inmate Dennis McGuire made loud snorting noises Thursday during the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.

McGuire's adult children said Friday it amounted to torture. The convicted killer's son, also named Dennis, says nobody deserves to go through that.

McGuire's attorney and an anti-death penalty group are calling for a moratorium on executions.

The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced to die for raping and fatally stabbing a pregnant woman in 1989.