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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The governor's office says it heard from death penalty opponents and supporters following the longest execution since Ohio resumed capital punishment in 1999.

A spokesman for Republican Gov. John Kasich tells the Dayton Daily News the office received about 100 calls and emails after the execution of Dennis McGuire last week, with about half favoring capital punishment and half against it.

The 53-year-old McGuire gasped, snorted and took 26 minutes to die as he received a two-drug combination that had never been used in a U.S. execution.

McGuire's adult children say it amounted to torture. They plan to sue the state.

Kasich's spokesman says the procedure is being reviewed.

McGuire's attorney, a civil rights-organization and some Democratic lawmakers are among those urging a moratorium on Ohio executions.

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