Ronald Phillips of Akron, Ohio had been found guilty of killing three-year-old Sheila Marie Evans in 1993 and, having been denied “mercy” last week by Gov. John Kasich, he will be executed Thursday, the Fourteenth of November.
Appeals had been dropped and with that decision, came another monumental decision but one with a more life-giving appeal: he had requested that his organs be donated to his mother and his sister. [see above video]
If they are not able to use them, then to “other individuals if it’s not possible to help his relatives”, stated attorney Timothy Sweeny in a letter that he sent to the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
Both Phillip’s mother and sister have health issues, his mother is on dialysis because of kidney issues and his sister has heart problems, but the department refused his request stating there were safety and legal matters at play.
JoEllen Smith, a spokesperson for the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, said, “The last-minute request made by Mr. Phillips and his attorney is unprecedented. DRC has reviewed the options and has determined that the Department is not equipped to facilitate organ donation pre- or post-execution. DRC considers this to be a private matter between inmate Phillips, his family and his attorneys.”
It was also noted, by Stephen C. Gray the chief counsel for the department, that a “funeral director will take possession of Phillip’s body” where it will then be the family’s concern and they can then legally pursue organ donation that fits Phillip’s wishes.
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According to sources, an executed inmate has never been an organ donor in the U.S. and this is apparently not going to be changing any time soon.
Fae Evans, Sheila Marie’s mother, had been serving time in the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville before her death of leukemia in 2008. [see State v Evans]
Evans had petitioned the court for early release because she had terminal cancer; but Summit County prosecutors had fought against it and she had died before it could be resolved and now, with Phillips being executed…this beyond contemptible state affairs will find a different path to travel once his body is handed over to his family.
Perhaps a better ending, a life-affirming beginning, in the memory of that precious little Sheila Marie can be had now?
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Sources: http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/akron-girl-s-killer-denied-wish-to-donate-organs-1.444248, Doug Livingston; https://mylifeofcrime.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/execution-alert-ronald-ray-phillips-to-be-executed-1142013-for-the-rape-and-murder-of-3-year-old-sheila-marie-evans-his-girlfriends-daughter/; http://www.leagle.com/decision/199421493OhioApp3d121_1196, State v Evans