Three years ago Ohio discontinued prison executions due to a shortage in the drug used, according to NBC4i.
The discontinuation also came after the 26-minute execution of Dennis McGuire, who was put to death with a drug (midazolam) that had never been used in executions before. Allen Bohnert, a federal public defender, said to NBC4i that he was disappointed to see the state would be returning to using that same drug in combination with other drugs to use in the resuming executions scheduled for next year.
The new drugs to be used are midazolam, used to put an inmate to sleep, rocuronium bromide, which paralyzes, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.
Ohio has more than two-dozen inmates sitting on death row with firm executions dates, according to NBC4i. The next scheduled execution is for Dennis McGuire for the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl.