Ohio governor delays inmate's upcoming execution

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Posted: Feb 07, 2014 6:00 PM
Ohio governor delays inmate's upcoming execution

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) has granted an eight-month reprieve to a condemned killer following last month's execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped in the state's longest lethal-injection procedure.

Friday's decision delays the March 19 execution of Gregory Lott, sentenced to death for setting an East Cleveland man on fire in 1986 and leaving him to die. Lott's new execution date is Nov. 19.

Kasich's reprieve follows an uproar over the Jan. 16 execution of Dennis McGuire. McGuire gasped and snorted during his 26-minute execution.

Lott has sued in federal court to stop his execution, arguing Ohio's two-drug method creates risk of a cruel and inhumane death.

McGuire's family has sued the state.

Kasich's spokesman says Lott "committed a heinous crime" but his execution date is being changed as the correction department finishes a review of McGuire's execution.

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Associated Press writer Ann Sanner contributed to this report. Welsh-Huggins can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/awhcolumbus