COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Parole Board has recommended against mercy for a condemned killer who raped and stabbed a pregnant woman and now faces a never-tried lethal injection process.
The board rejected attorneys' arguments that death row inmate Dennis McGuire deserves clemency because of his chaotic and abusive childhood.
The board's unanimous recommendation Friday leaves the final decision in the hands of Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) ahead of McGuire's execution, which is scheduled for Jan. 16.
McGuire was sentenced to die for the 1989 slaying of 22-year-old Joy Stewart in western Ohio's Preble County.
The state will announce next month whether it will use a specialty dose of pentobarbital or a two-drug dose of a sedative and painkiller to put the 53-year-old McGuire to death.
Neither approach has been used before.