Botched execution delays next case

Last updated 12:44 08/02/2014

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Ohio’s governor has granted an eight-month reprieve to a condemned killer following last month’s execution of an inmate who repeatedly gasped and took 26 minutes to die.

Friday’s decision delays the March 19 execution of Gregory Lott, sentenced to death for setting a man on fire in 1986 and leaving him to die.

Lott’s new execution date is November 19. The reprieve follows an uproar over the January 16 execution of Dennis McGuire. 

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

McGuire’s family has sued the state.

The governor’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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