LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) -- Prison officials say an Ohio killer scheduled to die by a never-tried lethal injection method was awake all night talking on the phone and writing letters.
Ohio prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith says death row inmate Dennis McGuire also had emotional visits with family members including his son and daughter Wednesday night and Thursday.
Smith says a check of McGuire's veins found them in good shape for the intravenous injection of the lethal drugs scheduled for later in the morning. Ohio adopted the use of the new execution method after supplies of a drug used previously dried up when its manufacturer put it off limits for capital punishment.
The 53-year-old McGuire was sentenced to die for the 1989 rape and killing of a pregnant woman.
Smith says McGuire declined breakfast and a shower Thursday.