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Ohio is likely to be the first state to use an untested execution method
Judge Gregory Frost and Gov. John Kasich both denied Ronald Phillips' request to stop the execution

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Gov. John Kasich denied clemency for Roland Phillips.
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Two decisions today make it likely that next week, Ohio will once again become the first state in the country to use an untested execution method. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

LISTEN: Karen Kasler reports on the rulings on Ronald Phillips execution

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40 year-old Ronald Phillips was convicted of beating, raping and killing Sheila Marie Evans, the three year old daughter of his girlfriend, in Summit County in 1993.

Federal judge Gregory Frost has denied the request to stop the execution of Phillips, whose attorneys had argued – along with testimony from Phillips himself, via video – that the new two-drug cocktail that’s never been used anywhere before is unconstitutional.

And Gov. John Kasich has denied clemency for Phillips, agreeing with the unanimous recommendation of the parole board. The state is using these two drugs after finishing up the last of its supply of pentobarbital in the execution of Harry Mitts Jr. in September.

Ohio became the first state to execute condemned killers with a single, powerful dose of a drug in 2009, and then again in 2011.

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Why is this person still alive? And why do murderous people like him get the easy way out? Bring back the electric chair!
When I am old and dying of some horrible disease they won't put me to sleep, but a rapist murderer gets to go out nice and easy! I'll see you in hell!

Posted by: John Rasile (Alliance) on November 20, 2013 9:11AM
Finally justice for Sheila! I remember this precious angel. I even had the opportunity to see her younger siblings after this. Unfortunately her sister witnessed some of the abuse and I remember her freak outs of seeing blood on TV. So sad what innocent children have to endure. This is for you Sheila! You get to see him take his last breath flying high above!

Posted by: Jenn (Akron) on November 11, 2013 7:11AM
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