Gov. Kasich Delays Murderer Execution Over Organ Donation
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.