State rejects temporary reprieve for Ohio child killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state has rejected a proposal to temporarily delay the January execution of a man set to die for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

Thomas Madden, an assistant Ohio attorney general, ruled out the possibility of a one-month reprieve for death row inmate Ronald Phillips in a Friday email made public Monday.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Ronald Phillips. The Sept. 18, 2014 execution of Phillips for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions scheduled for September, October and November, as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)
This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Ronald Phillips. The Sept. 18, 2014 execution of Phillips for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions scheduled for September, October and November, as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

The state and attorneys for Phillips had been discussing the possibility of a reprieve while arguments are made over Ohio’s new 3-drug lethal injection method.

Phillips is scheduled to die Jan. 12. An initial proposal would have postponed the execution until Feb. 15.

Madden’s email said the proposal was rejected after Phillips’ attorneys proposed a delay until April.

The attorney general’s office declined to comment. Messages were left for Phillips’ attorneys.

 

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