November 28, 2014

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Judge extends temporary halt to Ohio executions

The Sept. 18 execution of Ronald Phillips, convicted for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

The Sept. 18 execution of Ronald Phillips, convicted for the rape and death of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in 1993, has been put on hold following a ruling by federal Judge Gregory Frost to delay executions. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, File)

COLUMBUS (AP) — A federal judge has extended a months-long moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.

The ruling by federal judge Gregory Frost will delay executions scheduled for September, October and November and highlights the ongoing problem faced by states in obtaining drugs to put inmates to death.

The last moratorium was scheduled to expire this week.

The one-page order by Frost issued Friday extends it through Jan. 15. It affects the state’s latest death penalty policy change, which was announced in late April and increases the amount of the sedative and painkiller Ohio uses.

On Jan. 16, an Ohio inmate repeatedly gasped during the record 26 minutes it took him to die, and an Arizona inmate who took nearly two hours to die July 23.

Ohio’s first choice for a drug is compounded pentobarbital, a specialty version of the drug it used previously with few problems. But it has been unable to obtain supplies of compounded pentobarbital and so switched to its backup method of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone.

Missouri and Texas both have supplies of compounded pentobarbital, though the states won’t reveal their sources, and have used them to carry out several executions successfully in recent months.

Allen Bohnert, the lead defense attorney challenging the use of the two-drug method, declined to comment. A message was left with the state prisons agency.

The next execution scheduled in Ohio was to have occurred Sept. 18, when Ronald Phillips was set to die for the 1993 rape and death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron.


  • tomfeher

    A firing squad! won’t take longer then a minute

    • Jeff

      no one wants to clean up the mess

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Let the buzzards pick his carcass clean!

        • Joe Smith

          Use other prisoners ( first offenders) so they see what they have to look forward to if they don’t change their ways

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Lower than an animal. Doesn’t deserve to live another second. By a man for once and kill yourself!

  • Allan Jones

    JUDGE YOU SHOULD BE EXECUTED FOR SHEER STUPIDITY…..

  • Otter

    Once again, the “State” cares more about the criminal, than the victim(s).
    In the interest of fairness to all I suggest the state take the number of victims, multiply it by how long it took them to die. Use that number, for how long the execution should take.

  • Frank Siegfried

    Shoot ‘em in the head…quick…effective…inexpensive, sent the bullet bill to the family.

  • ekwaykway

    Lock Ronald in his cell and stop feeding him, he will expire at his own speed.