An Ohio death row inmate had a standard pre-execution examination by a doctor who would be carrying out a lethal injection but there was a problem during the check-up. On Nov. 1, Herald Standard reported that the doctor could not find the inmate's veins. Now, said inmate -- Ronald Phillips, 40 -- is now trying to delay his execution and he's fighting the state of Ohio over their "new" lethal injection process.
"Phillips testified as part of a lawsuit brought by his attorneys to delay his execution while they gather evidence against the state's new execution policy, which includes a never-tried, two-drug injection process," Herald Standard reports.
The Ohio death row inmate -- who is on death row after being convicted of raping an killing the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend back in 1993 -- testified via video hookup from prison. In his testimony, which lasted an hour, Phillips talked about his "fear of needles" which stems back to his childhood. He said that his parents were drug dealers and that he watched people "shoot up" in the kitchen of the home he grew up in.
"The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced the new policy last month and said Monday it would use that process, which uses the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone (sic)," Herald Standard reports.
The Ohio death row inmate might be successful in delaying his date with death but he likely won't have the sentence reduced. The opposition has a very strong case and a convicted child killer's "fear or needles" likely won't stand up in court.
© Effie Orfanides 2013