Recently, Governor John R. Kasich issued a revised schedule for eight upcoming executions. This revised schedule is in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s pending review of a challenge to Ohio’s execution procedures brought by death row inmates. The Court is not expected to issue its ruling in the case before the next scheduled execution on February 15. The February 15 execution would be that of Ronald Phillips who was sentenced to death in 1993 for the rape and murder of his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter, Sheila Marie Evans.
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