A convicted child killer scheduled for execution this week requested Monday that his organs be donated to help his ailing mother and sister.
Death row inmate Ronald Phillips would also be willing to donate organs to other individuals if it's not possible to help his relatives. Phillips' mother has kidney disease and is on dialysis and his sister has a heart condition. Phillips was sentenced to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.
Ronald is making this generous request without any conditions or expectations, he is nonetheless willing to do whatever is necessary to enable as many people as possible to benefit from his death according to the letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Public defender Lisa Lagos, said that Phillips' request is not a delay tactic but he just wants to be able to do a charitable act and help bring any closure to the victim's family that he can," she said in an interview. The Ohio prisons agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Phillips' request for mercy was denied last week by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Phillips, 40, is scheduled to die Thursday by an untried injection of a sedative and painkiller that has never been used in a U.S. execution.