UPDATE: Ohio Governor Stays Execution of Convicted Killer

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 4:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has stayed the execution of a condemned child killer to assess the inmate's organ donation request.

Forty-year-old Ronald Phillips has asked that he be allowed to donate a kidney and his heart to ailing relatives. Prison officials denied his request Tuesday and moved Phillips to the death house for his scheduled execution Thursday.

The governor said Wednesday he wants to look into the medical possibilities of granting Phillips request.

Phillips is scheduled to die for the 1993 rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron.

UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 3 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's governor has refused to spare the condemned killer of a 3-year-old girl ahead of a scheduled execution under the state's untried lethal injection system.

Gov. John Kasich, without comment on Thursday, denied the request for mercy by Ronald Phillips. He is sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's daughter.

A federal judge earlier Thursday also declined to block the execution.

The 40-year-old Phillips is set to die Nov. 14 by lethal injection with a drug combination never used before in the U.S.

Attorneys for Phillips argued he was sexually, physically and verbally abused as a child.

The state said Phillips long denied being abused and raised the issue only as his execution was imminent.

The Ohio Parole Board recommended against mercy.

UPDATE 10/31/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A federal judge is allowing a condemned Ohio child killer to testify by video at a hearing over the state's plan to use a never-tried lethal drug combination on him next month.

Lawyers for death row inmate Ronald Phillips want his Nov. 14 execution postponed to give them time to prepare arguments against the new execution method.

Columbus judge Gregory Frost on Thursday approved Phillips' testimony by video ahead of the Friday morning hearing.

Frost originally granted a request for Phillips to appear in person, then switched to a video appearance once it appeared the courtroom technology would make it possible.

The state had opposed Phillips' personal appearance, asking Frost to consider the expense and security involved in transporting a death row inmate to a hearing.

UPDATE 10/28/13 @ 12:25 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio says it will use a never-tried dose of two drugs injected intravenously to put to death an inmate who raped and killed his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

The announcement Monday by the state prison system means the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction wasn't able to obtain enough pentobarbital, the drug Ohio formerly used until its manufacturer put it off-limits for executions.

The state says it will use a combination of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a painkiller, in the Nov. 14 execution of Ronald Phillips of Akron.

Those drugs are included in Ohio's untested, back-up execution method, which requires them to be injected directly into an inmate's muscle. No state has put a prisoner to death with those drugs in any fashion.

ORIGINAL STORY 10/28/13 @ 11 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio killer facing execution next month for raping and killing a 3-year-old girl wants to challenge the state's new lethal injection drug policy.

Lawyers for death row inmate Ronald Phillips say the state's plan to switch to a non-FDA-regulated dose of pentobarbital raises the possibility that Phillips and other condemned inmates could suffer tremendous pain

The lawyers also said in court filings late Friday the state has watered down its execution procedures by giving individuals designated by the prisons director authority for execution decisions instead of the director himself.

The filings also ask a federal judge permission to include whatever specialty pharmacy is chosen to make the new dose of pentobarbital in the lawsuit.

The state has until Wednesday to respond.

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