US inmate first To be executed in Ohio in three years

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CHICAGO: The US state of Ohio planned to execute its first prisoner in more than three years Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), putting to death a man convicted of raping and murdering a child. Ronald Phillips, 43, faces execution by lethal injection at 10 a.m. local time, ending Ohio’s moratorium on the death penalty. Phillips was 19 years old in 1993 when he was convicted of raping and killing three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, his then-girlfriend’s daughter. He admitted to his crimes, but said his own sexual and physical abuse at the hands of his father were mitigating circumstances not considered at trial. The state twice denied his clemency petitions. The three-drug combination which Phillips will be administered includes the controversial sedative midazolam, the focus of a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of Phillips and two other Ohio inmates.

AFP

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