Clemency hearing set for inmate with January execution date

(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has scheduled a clemency hearing for the first inmate scheduled for execution next year under a new process for putting condemned prisoners to death.

Ronald Phillips is set to die Jan. 12 for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

The state prisons agency on Tuesday scheduled a Dec. 1 hearing during which Phillips’ attorneys can ask the Ohio Parole Board for mercy. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) will have the final decision.

Ohio’s prisons agency said Monday it plans to carry out at least three executions next year with a three-drug combination of drugs similar to a method it used several years ago.

In 2013, the parole board voted unanimously against clemency for Phillips, saying his crime was “among the worst of the worst.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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