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Child Killer Set for Execution Wants to Donate Heart to Sick Sister

By: ABC News Email
By: ABC News Email

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Columbus, OH. -- Attorneys for a convicted child killer said today they are waiting for a response from Ohio prison officials as to whether the death row inmate, scheduled to be executed this week, will be allowed to donate his organs.

Ronald Phillips, 40, is set to die by lethal injection Thursday for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

In a letter to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Monday, attorneys for Phillips asked that his organs be given to his ailing mother and sister after his death.

"Ron is making this generous request without any conditions or expectations," his attorneys wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by ABCNews.com.

"If he had his choice, he would like that one or both of his kidneys, if a match, go to his mother who is suffering from kidney disease and on dialysis, and for his heart to go to his sister, who has a heart condition," the letter states.

The request should be feasible, his attorneys said, since the state no longer uses two drugs that damage organs, including a paralyzing agent and another that stops the heart.

Even if Phillips cannot give his organs to his mother and sister, his attorneys said in the letter that he would still like to donate them to "enable as many people as possible to benefit from his death."

Phillips' request for clemency was denied last week by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and he has since dropped his appeals.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction did not immediately respond to an interview request from ABCNews.com.

Phillips is set to be the first inmate to die in Ohio by an untried two-drug combination after the state couldn't obtain a supply of its former execution drug.


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