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Initial reviews recommend no changes to Ohio execution policy after inmate's prolonged death

Initial reviews of an execution in which an inmate repeatedly gasped found no reason to change the way Ohio puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed, and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

McGuire's 26-minute execution was the longest procedure since Ohio resumed putting inmates to death in 1999. His family is suing, saying it was cruel and inhumane.

McGuire was executed for the 1989 rape and stabbing of a pregnant woman in western Ohio.

The results of the reviews were first reported by The Dayton Daily News.

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