COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A federal judge has ordered a halt to executions scheduled in Ohio this summer, to allow the court to hear arguments over the state's execution procedures.
The state has announced plans to modify the lethal injection procedures following the execution of Dennis McGuire earlier this year. It took McGuire 26 minutes to die and he appeared to gasp for breath at times.
A review by the state Department of Rehabilitation and Correction released in April showed no irregularities with the execution procedures using the new drugs.
The order postpones the scheduled executions for Ronald Phillips and William Montgomery. The moratorium is in place until at least August 15th.
Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Gov. John Kasich, said that the state will "comply with Judge Frost's order."