COLUMBUS -- Ohio Governor John Kasich has stayed the execution of a child killer to assess an organ donation request.
His execution has been rescheduled for July 2, 2014.
"Ronald Phillips committed a heinous crime for which he will face the death penalty. 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," Kasich said.
Phillips was originally scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Thurs., Nov. 14 at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville for the 1993 murder of Sheila Marie Evans. If he is found to be a viable donor to his mother or possibly others awaiting transplants of non-vital organs, such as kidneys, the procedures would be performed and then he would be returned to death row to await his new execution date.
State officials say 40-year-old Ronald Phillips arrived at the prison in Lucasville just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, a day ahead of his scheduled execution.
Phillips is sentenced to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.
Phillips was denied a last-minute request to donate his organs to his ailing mother and sisters.
Phillips said through his attorneys that the request was not a delay tactic, rather an attempt to make a final gesture for good.
State officials said logistics and security made donation of Phillips' kidney and heart unworkable. They've left to his family whether the organs are harvested after his death.
His mother is diabetic and his sister has a heart condition.