COLUMBUS -- Gov. John R. Kasich has denied a request for executive clemency for Ronald Phillips, who was convicted of the aggravated murder of Sheila Marie Evans, 3, on Jan. 18, 1993, in Akron. Evans was his girlfriend's daughter.
Phillips, 40, is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 14 at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville. His scheduled execution by lethal injection with a drug combination never used before in the U.S.
On Oct. 24, the Ohio Parole Board unanimously recommended against clemency for Phillips.
A federal judge earlier Thursday also declined to block the execution. In his defense, attorneys for Phillips argued he was sexually, physically and verbally abused as a child. The state said Phillips long denied being abused and raised the issue only as his execution was imminent.