—Gerald Wade, Stockbridge
A: Dennis McGuire, who was executed by lethal injection on Jan. 16, raped and killed newlywed Joy Stewart, 22, who was 30 weeks pregnant when she died in the attack in February 1989. Her unborn baby also died. DNA tests proved McGuire was the killer and he took responsibility for it in a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "Sir, I am sorry for what I have done to the Stewart family and Joy herself," McGuire wrote, according to The Associated Press. McGuire's family is suing the state after it took him 26 minutes to die. He was given a combination of drugs — midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller — that had never been used in an U.S. execution. The lawsuit stated that McGuire "repeated cycles of snorting, gurgling and arching his back, appearing to writhe in pain. It looked and sounded as though he was suffocating."