COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's governor delayed a condemned child killer's execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of accommodating the man's request to donate his organs.
Gov. John Kasich's decision came less than 24 hours before Ronald Phillips was scheduled to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. His lethal injection Thursday was to be the first time a new two-drug combination was tried in the U.S.
In stopping the execution, Kasich said he wanted to allow time to study the request the 40-year-old death row inmate made Monday to see if a donation could help someone else. Phillips' execution was reset to July 2.
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