Condemned killer's organ donation request delays execution
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:31:41 GMT —
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.
Ohio prisons officials originally denied the unprecedented request by Ronald Phillips to donate a kidney and his heart could not be accommodated. Security concerns and logistical challenges were cited, among other reasons.
The department says it will be up to his family whether the organs are donated after his death.
Phillips has said through his attorneys that the request was not a delay tactic, but rather an attempt to make a final gesture for good.
Republican Gov. John Kasich has rescheduled 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' lethal injection to July 2.
Phillips was sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.
Kasich said Wednesday 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 Monday after he'd been denied mercy and his other legal options were exhausted. He says it wasn't a delay tactic but an attempt to do good.
A prisons spokeswoman said Phillips will be returned to death row to await the assessment's findings.