An Ohio death row inmate, 40-year-old Ronald Phillips, provided video testimony from his jail cell at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as his attorneys look to stay the order of execution against Phillips, reports The Associated Press via Yahoo! News on Nov. 1.
Phillips is due to die on Nov. 14 via lethal injection. In 1993, Phillips raped and killed his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.
Attorneys for Phillips are challenging various changes made to Ohio’s capital punishment program. Phillips is the first death row inmate to be executed under updated guidelines, which include a new, two-drug cocktail
During a pre-execution checkup last month, doctors were unable to locate any veins in the arms of Phillips, finding only one small vein in the killer’s hand. Phillips said that ever since he was a child, he has been terrified of needles after watching addicts shoot up in his kitchen using drugs sold to them by his parents.
“I guess the Lord hid my veins from them,” Phillips said, speaking of the prison doctors.
Phillips' attorneys say the new changes enacted by the state are far too close to the execution date for the convicted criminal. The state, on the other hand, is arguing that the changes are minimal, and say that the appeal is just a delay tactic.
More from the Associated Press:
Phillips' lawyers argue the two drugs could cause severe side effects, including painful vomiting. Those drugs, already part of Ohio's never-used backup method, have been repeatedly challenged, to no avail, the state said in a court filing Friday morning.
The drugs Ohio is proposing to use on Phillips will cause him to stop breathing within a few minutes, an anesthesiologist said in a statement Thursday as part of a filing by the state in support of the new method.