Thursday 23 November 2017

Execution stayed over organs offer

Ronald Phillips was sentenced to death for raping and killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993 (AP/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)
Ronald Phillips was sentenced to death for raping and killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993 (AP/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Ohio's governor has delayed a condemned child killer's execution to study the feasibility of allowing the man to donate his organs to ailing relatives.

Republican Governor John Kasich has rescheduled 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' lethal injection for July 2 next year.

Phillips was sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.

Mr Kasich said today that Phillips' crime was heinous but his willingness to donate organs and tissue could save another life and the state "should allow that to happen".

Phillips made his request on Monday after being denied mercy and his other legal options were exhausted. He said it was not a delaying tactic but an attempt to do good.

A prison spokeswoman said Phillips will be returned to Death Row to await the assessment's findings.

AP

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