Ohio ex­e­cutes first pris­oner since 2014

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

LUCASVILLE, Ohio — A con­victed child killer was put to death with no ap­par­ent com­pli­ca­tions Wed­nes­day in Ohio’s first ex­e­cu­tion since one plagued by prob­lems 3½ years ago trig­gered an up­roar over the re­li­a­bil­ity of the lethal-in­jec­tion drugs used by the state.

Ron­ald Phillips, 43, was con­demned to die for the 1993 rape and slay­ing of his girl­friend’s 3-year-old daugh­ter, Sheila Marie Evans.

It was Ohio’s first ex­e­cu­tion since 2014, when an in­mate gasped and snorted re­peat­edly dur­ing a pro­ce­dure that took an un­usu­ally long 26 min­utes and in­volved a never-be­fore-tried drug com­bi­na­tion.

Phillips died about 10 min­utes af­ter giv­ing his fi­nal state­ment. He showed no signs of dis­tress. His chin dropped and his stom­ach heaved slightly as the lethal drugs were ad­min­is­tered. He was given a three-drug com­bi­na­tion never used be­fore in Ohio. The drugs in­cluded mi­da­zo­lam, a seda­tive used in ex­e­cu­tions in Ohio, Arkansas and Ari­zona.

Ohio has 26 ex­e­cu­tions sched­uled through 2020, the next on Sept. 13.

AP/The Colum­bus Dis­patch/ADAM CAIRNS

Gary Mohr, di­rec­tor of Ohio’s pris­ons, said be­fore Wed­nes­day’s ex­e­cu­tion of Ron­ald Phillips that the state’s lethal in­jec­tions would be dig­ni­fied, peace­ful and hu­mane.

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