Child-Killer’s Execution Delayed Over Organ Donation

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TOLEDO, OH - NOVEMBER 16:  Ohio Gov. John Kasich listens to a speaker at the Toledo Assembly Complex on November 16, 2011 in Toledo, Ohio. Chrysler Group LLC says it will add 1,100 jobs at the Toledo, Ohio assembly complex along with a new body shop and quality center as part of an overall $1.7 billion investment to build a new generation of Jeep sport utility vehicles.  (Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)
Gov. John Kasich. Photo: J.D. Pooley/2011 Getty Images

Ohio Governor John Kasich has delayed the execution of Ronald Phillips, which was scheduled for Thursday, to consider his last-minute request to donate his organs. Phillips, who was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993, asked on Monday to donate a kidney to his mother and his heart to his sister, with his attorney insisting it wasn’t a delay tactic. Corrections officials initially refused due to logistical concerns, but Kasich rescheduled the execution for July 2. The governor explained, “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.”

Killer’s Execution Delayed Over Organ Donation