Dennis B. McGuire was executed by the state of Ohio on January 16, 2014. The execution occurred shortly before 11 am EST, inside the execution chamber at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Mansfield, Ohio. Dennis was 53 years of age. Dennis was executed for the rape and murder of the pregnant 22-year-old Joy G. Morningstar Stewart on February 11, 1989, near Eaton, Ohio. Joy’s unborn baby also died as a result of the attack. Dennis was 53 years of age. His execution became controversial, as it took nearly a half hour and he appeared to have difficulty breathing.
Dennis had a difficult life. His mother often when hungry while she was pregnant and he was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. He grew up in poverty and did not feel safe in his house, as he was mentally, physically, and sexually abused. He lacked positive male role models. Dennis worked as a landscaper/manual laborer prior to his arrest. Dennis proclaimed he became a Christian during his time on Ohio’s death row.
Please pray for peace and healing for the family of Joy Stewart. Please pray for the family of Dennis McGuire. Dennis, as part of his final statement, told his children he would see them in heaven.