Gov. Kasich Delays Murderer Execution Over Organ Donation

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Ronald Phillips (Photo Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)


Ronald Phillips (Photo Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

Ronald Phillips (Photo Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

COLUMBUS– Governor John Kasich has delayed the execution of convicted murderer Ronald Phillips so that medical experts can assess whether or not Phillips’ non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or possibly others.

His execution has been rescheduled for July 2, 2014. It was originally scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2013.

In a press release, Governor Kasich said, “Ronald Phillips committed a heinous crime for which he will face the death penalty. I realize this is a bit of uncharted territory for Ohio, but if another life can be saved by his willingness to donate his organs and tissues then we should allow for that to happen.”

If Phillips is found to be a viable donor to his mother or other awaiting transplants, the procedures would be performed, and then he would be returned to death row to await his new execution date.

Phillips was convicted in the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans, in Akron back in 1993.


  • Renee Vlna

    just out of curiosity, how do they plan on getting his heart (less) out for a transplant and then send him back to die. Doesn’t he have to be dead first for that type of transplant. Can’t believe our Governor is actually concidering this.

  • Nicole

    I feel as though I just lost a little bit of my heart. Why re read his confession! Maybe his mother should die for raising such a monster! He needed to die today! Read his own words what he did to Sheila! Then tell me e deserves such a long delay! He will see another year!

  • Nicole

    And I will make sure to never vote for this governor again and I will always make sure I vote that election! Maybe we need to establish a Justice for Sheila group! This man if he can ven be called that is pure evil!

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