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Organ-donor request delays Ohio killer’s execution

November 13, 2013 • National News


FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Ronald Phillips. Back-to-back rulings Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, pushed Phillips, a condemned child killer, closer to being executed next week by a lethal two-drug combination never used in the U.S. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s governor delayed a condemned child killer’s execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the unusual request by a state death row inmate to donate his organs.

Gov. John Kasich’s decision came less than 24 hours before Ronald Phillips was scheduled to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. His lethal injection Thursday was to be the first time a new two-drug combination was tried in the U.S.

In stopping the execution, Kasich said he wanted to allow time to study the request the 40-year-old inmate made Monday to see Login to read more

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