Ohio Delays Execution to Weigh Organ-Donor Request
Killer Ronald Phillips wants to donate organs to family, others
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2013 6:46 PM CST
Ronald Phillips in a prison photo.   (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

(Newser) – A convicted child killer just got a last-minute reprieve from Ohio's governor, thanks to the inmate's unusual request to be an organ donor. Ronald Phillips, who raped and murdered the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, was supposed to be put to death tomorrow morning. Instead, Gov. John Kasich has postponed the execution until July while the state considers Phillips' plea to donate organs to family members or anyone else who might need them, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

"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,” said Kasich. If doctors think Phillips' non-vital organs can be harvested, he would undergo surgery before his execution, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. This isn't the only reason Phillips' case is making headlines—prison officials plan to use an untested combination of drugs because of a shortage of the standard pentobarbital.

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James Leonard Park
Nov 24, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Yes, there are many valid questions that must be answered before organs can be harvested from death-row inmates. Luckily, there is a good book that answers all of these questions: ORGAN DONATION AFTER EXECUTION: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/ODX.html James Leonard Park, advocate of prisoner organ donation
Going For Broke
Nov 14, 2013 7:05 AM CST
Shortage of Pentobarbital? Is there a shortage of axes? To chop his head off. Is there shortage of rope? To hang him with? This pos raped killed and a 3 year old girl (baby). He probably has aids. Who wants his organs? More BS to delay his execution. Who's idea was this? LOL
Nov 14, 2013 3:24 AM CST
Get your egg and tomato baskets. Point your thumbs down. Take up the chant. Kill! Kill! Kill! Bloodlust. Mankind: the regressive species