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Akron inmate is to be the first executed with a new drug combo in Ohio
The sedative/opiate combination had been a reserve and has never been tried

Jo Ingles
Ronald Phillips is on death row for raping, beating and killing a 3-year-old girl.
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The state will start using new drugs when it executes a death row inmate from Akron next month. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports Ohio plans to use two drugs that were previously reserved as a back-up.

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The Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation plans to execute Ronald Phillips next month, using an intravenous mix of midazolam, a sedative, and hydromorphone, an opiate.

In recent years, this drug combo has been the back-up method for executions, but it has never been actually used.

The state had to change its death row protocol when the maker of pentobarbital refused to allow it to be used any longer for executions. The state used its last supply of that drug last month.

Ronald Phillips is to be executed Nov. 14th. He was sentenced to death in Summit County for raping, beating and killing the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend back in 1993.

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