Clemency hearing set for inmate with January execution date

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has scheduled a clemency hearing for the first inmate scheduled for execution next year under a new process for putting condemned prisoners to death.

Ronald Phillips is set to die Jan. 12 for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

The state prisons agency on Tuesday scheduled a Dec. 1 hearing during which Phillips’ attorneys can ask the Ohio Parole Board for mercy. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) will have the final decision.

Ohio’s prisons agency said Monday it plans to carry out at least three executions next year with a three-drug combination of drugs similar to a method it used several years ago.

In 2013, the parole board voted unanimously against clemency for Phillips, saying his crime was “among the worst of the worst.”

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