CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) has 21 pages of guidelines on executions which include everything from the drugs to be used in the lethal injection, to the rules behind who can attend and witness the execution. Those guidelines are all already in motion for the expected execution of Ronald Phillips of Akron who was convicted of severely beating and raping his girlfriend's three year-old daughter Sheila Marie Evans back in 1993.
The following guidelines are taken straight from the policies and guideline from the DRC.
Execution Drugs - As used in this policy, the terms "Execution Drugs" means any of the following three options, under whatever names those drugs may be available to DRC from a pharmacy, manufacturer, supplier, wholesaler, distributor, pharmacist, or compounding pharmacy:
1) Pentobarbital; or
2) Thiopental sodium; or
3) A three-drug combination of:
a. Midazolam Hydrochloride; and
b. One of the following three drugs:
i. Vecuronium bromide; or ii. Pancuronium bromide; or iii. Rocuronium bromide; and
c. Potassium Chloride.
-The Warden or Acting Warden of the institution where the execution is to be conducted and such number of correction officers or other persons as the Warden or Acting Warden thinks necessary to carry out the death sentence.
-The sheriff of the county in which the prisoner was tried and convicted.
-The Director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), or designee, and any other person selected by the Director/designee to ensure that the death sentence is carried out.
-Any Auxiliary Team Member whose role will be to provide consultation or advice as may be necessary. An Auxiliary Team Member shall attend such number of execution rehearsals as the Warden may consider necessary, but no less than one rehearsal per execution.
-The prisoner may select one or two of the following persons: the RSA, minister-of-record, clergy, rabbi, priest, imam, or regularly ordained, accredited, or licensed minister of an established and legally cognizable church, denomination or sect, subject to the approval of the Warden.
-Three (3) persons designated by the prisoner who are not confined in any state institution subject to the approval of the Warden or Acting Warden based on security considerations. The prisoner may also request that one or two attorneys attend the execution.
-Three (3) persons designated by the immediate family of the victim, subject to the approval of the Warden or Acting Warden based on security consideration.
-Representatives of the news media who are authorized by the Director, which may include representatives of the following: a newspaper, a television station, and a radio station.
Renee Mundell, Half-sister of Sheila Marie Evans
Donna Hudson, Aunt of Sheila Marie Evans
John Evans, Uncle of Sheila Marie Evans
William Phillips, Brother
Lawrence Freeman, Chaplain
Jim Cole, Spiritual Advisor
Laura Depas, Nurse
There will be five members of the media.