Ohio Rejects Condemned Child Killer Request to Donate Organs

Ohio Rejects Condemned Child Killer's Request to Donate Organs

The state of Ohio released a statement on Friday that said it was rejecting a condemned child killer’s request to donate some of his body organs to several of his family members, explaining that he would not have enough time to both undergo the surgery and recover for his execution which is scheduled for this summer. Ronald Phillips’ donation surgery would have to have been completed by this Sunday in order to allow the death row inmate to have enough time to convalesce before his scheduled execution date of July 2, but Phillips did not show he was anywhere near to that occurring, stated letters that went from Ohio state prison executives to Phillips’ lawyer.

The state has every intention of carrying out the convicted killer’s execution, explained Stephen Gray, who is the prison system’s main counsel. He had written the information in a letter to defense counsel Timothy Sweeney. The defense attorney did not comment. However, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction advised Phillips about the deadline coming up this Sunday in a letter that was sent out over two months ago, according to papers that were released by the state.

Phillips, age 40, was completely out of any appeals back in November of last year when he made the request to try and donate his organs, which included a kidney to his sister and perhaps even his heart to his mother. The Ohio prison system refused the request, but John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, decided to delay Phillips execution until July 2 to give Ohio some extra time in order to see if it was possible to fulfill the request.

Governor Kasich stated at the time he realized the condemned killer and his request was definitely unexplored territory for Ohio, but if another life could be saved by Phillips readiness to contribute his tissue and organs, then the state should let that happen. However a spokesperson for the governor stated that Kasich would not give any additional postponement time to Phillips. He stated the execution would go on as usual.

Phillips, age 40, who was from Summit County, was sentenced to death because he was convicted of the rape and murder of Sheila Evans, his then girlfriend’s daughter, age 3, back in 1993 in Akron, Ohio.

The state of Ohio released a statement on Friday that said it was rejecting a condemned child killer’s request to donate some of his body organs to several of his family members, explaining that he would not have enough time to both undergo the surgery and recover for his execution which is scheduled for this summer. Ronald Phillips’ donation surgery would have to have been completed by this Sunday in order to allow the death row inmate to have enough time to convalesce before his scheduled execution date of July 2, but Phillips did not show he was anywhere near to that occurring, stated letters that went from Ohio state prison executives to Phillips’ lawyer.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

The Modesto Bee

FOX News

The Calgary Herald

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