In an update to an article we posted on November 7th titled: Death Row Inmate from Akron Ohio Fight Execution, Ohio Governor John Kasich has decided to postpone the execution of Ronald Phillips. The Summit County death row inmate was scheduled to be put to death today (November 14th) using a new lethal injection cocktail consisting of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, a morphine derivative. Phillips would have been the first death row inmate executed using this new lethal injection cocktail.
Phillips was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for killing the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. He requested his execution be delayed to see if you would be a viable organ donor for his mother, who has kidney disease, and his sister, who has a heart condition. Through a statement made by his attorney, Phillips indicated he was also willing to donate his organs to other people if his mother and sister could not benefit from his donation. According to his attorney, the request by Phillips to donate his organs is not a delay tactic but rather a gesture for a final act of good.
The execution of Ronald Phillips has been rescheduled for July 2, 2014 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
With the execution of Phillips now moved to July 2014, Dennis McGuire may become the first death row inmate to be put to death by lethal injection using the new cocktail. His execution is planned to take place on January 16, 2014.