Friday, Ohio death row inmate Ronald Phillips sought an extension in court because of changes in his execution process brought on by the prison in which he is being held. According to Phillips, the doctors could not find veins in his arms and so they would like to change his Nov. 14 execution to a lethal-injection method instead. Phillips stated that he is afraid of needles and doesn’t want it.
Ronald Phillips, 40, is scheduled to be executed on Nov 14 and he was examined on Oct. 18 and doctors could only find a vein on his right hand. The doctors who searched his arms for veins will not be part of the execution process, according to Phillips.
The state of Ohio has not tried lethal-injection to date, according to Yahoo News.
In a rare, videotaped testimony with an Ohio death row inmate, Ronald Phillips talked about his experience and the video was used in court Friday.
In 1993, Ronald Phillips was convicted of raping and killing 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans. She was the daughter of his girlfriend at the time.
Phillips lawyers filed a lawsuit to delay his execution while they looked into Ohio’s new execution process which would include two drugs: a sedative midazolam and a painkiller called hydromorphone.
To see a video of how lethal injection works, click here.
In June, Ronnie Lee Gardner was executed in Utah by firing squad, and is one of the last executions that will be conducted that way. For more on that story, click here.
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Sources: Yahoo News