Ohio rejects child killer’s organ donation request

Ohio rejects child killer’s organ donation request

Ohio said Friday it was denying a condemned child killer’s request to donate organs to his family members, saying he didn’t have enough time to undergo the surgery and recuperate for his summer execution.

Organ donation surgery would have to have been completed by this coming Sunday to give the death row inmate, Ronald Phillips, enough time to recover before the July 2 execution, but Phillips had not shown he was anywhere close that happening, according to letters from state prison officials to Phillips’ attorney.

The state “fully intends” to carry out Phillips’ execution, Stephen Gray, the prison system’s chief counsel, wrote to defense attorney Timothy Sweeney.

Sweeney declined to comment.

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