COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned inmate seeking to donate a kidney to his mother before his execution is requesting another reprieve after Ohio rejected his first organ donation request.
Attorneys for 40-year-old Ronald Phillips want the execution delayed until 2016. They say by then, Phillips’ 66-year-old mother either will achieve necessary weight loss to have transplant surgery or will likely succumb to complications of kidney disease.
The state denied Phillips’ first request, saying he didn’t have time to undergo surgery and recuperate for his July execution. It was rescheduled to September after a judge ordered a 2 ½-month moratorium on Ohio executions to allow arguments over new lethal injection procedures.
A message was left Friday for the governor’s spokesman.
Phillips was sentenced to die for killing a 3-year-old girl in Akron in 1993.