Ronald Phillips (murderer)
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Ronald Raymond Phillips|
October 10, 1973
|Criminal penalty||Death penalty|
|Victims||Sheila Marie Evans|
|Date||January 18, 1993|
Ronald Raymond Phillips (born October 10, 1973) is an Ohio inmate who was sentenced to death for the 1993 rape and murder of Sheila Evans (September 10, 1989 - January 18, 1993), the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, Fae Amanda Evans (March 29, 1967 - July 8, 2008), after an extended period of physical and sexual abuse against the child. Fae Evans was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child endangering for her involvement and sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison. She died of leukaemia on July 8, 2008, aged 41, at the state prison hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Issues with Ohio's executions (including Phillips' involvement)
Phillips is also notable for how (for lack of a better description) drawn out his case has been. He has spent over half of his life on death row since he was sentenced on September 16, 1993, and he has had a total of 9 execution dates set between November 2013 and July 2017, 4 of which were in 2017. His first execution date of November 14, 2013 was stayed to consider his request to donate his non-vital organs before his execution, a request which was later denied on the grounds that he would not have enough time to recover before his new execution date of July 2, 2014. Several execution dates were set and stayed for not only Phillips, but several other inmates, as a result of questions regarding the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection protocol, as well as whether Ohio had access to execution drugs. A group of inmates, consisting of Phillips, Gary Otte, and Raymond Tibbetts, challenged Ohio's execution protocol and thus a federal judge granted them a preliminary injunction on January 26, 2017. The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled 8-6 in favour of the State of Ohio on June 28, 2017. The US Supreme Court has not yet commented or voted on the ruling. The state claims it has enough drugs to carry out the 4 executions scheduled for the rest of the year, meaning that it has until the January 3, 2018 execution of William Montgomery to obtain new drugs in order to continue with its current execution schedule, which stretches as far into the future as March 2021.
Current execution date
Phillips is housed at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio. He is currently scheduled for execution on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the regular time of 10am at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. Should his execution go ahead, he will be the first inmate executed by the state of Ohio since the botched January 16, 2014 execution of Dennis B. McGuire. McGuire was executed with an experimental drug combination (which has since been abandoned) which caused him to "writhe and groan" for 25 minutes. Gary Otte and Raymond Tibbetts, who filed for a preliminary injuction against Ohio's execution protocol alongside Phillips, are scheduled for execution on September 13, 2017, and October 18, 2017, respectively.
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- "Ronald Phillips - Ohio Execution". CNCPunishment.
- "Upcoming Executions | Death Penalty Information Center". deathpenaltyinfo.org. Retrieved 2017-07-07.