LUCASVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Ronald Phillips, the man convicted for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday.
Phillips was convicted in Summit County and sentenced to death for raping and murdering his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.
According to court documents, the young girl was found lying cold and motionless on her bed on Jan 18, 1993. Akron paramedics arrived after her mother called 911. Young Sheila was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery and pronounced dead by doctors at Children's Hospital in Akron. Her torso was covered in bruises, air and blood was found in her abdomen, and signs of sexual abuse was evident.
Phillips, who was 19-years-old at the time, was questioned by police after the girl's death. He initially admitted to spanking her and claimed that Sheila fell on a railroad spike and the corner of her bed in the past, which he said is why it looks like she was sexually assaulted. Phillips eventually confessed to physically and sexually assaulting Sheila and was arrested after providing his statement to police.
The condemned killer has requested to the U.S. Supreme Court that his execution be delayed. Executions in Ohio have been put on hold since January 2014 due to concerns about the drug's potency and because of several botched lethal injections in Ohio. Several pharmacology professors believe that the sedative midazolam, which will be used during Phillips' execution, is not strong enough for lethal injections.
According to a prisons department spokeswoman, Phillips arrived to the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville early Tuesday morning, approximately 24 hours before his scheduled execution.
Click here to read details about his final meal request.
If the execution goes as planned Wednesday morning, his will be Ohio's first execution in more than three years.
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