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Parole board to rule on mercy request by condemned Ohio man who raped, killed 3-year-old girl
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:03 AM EDT
The condemned killer of a 3-year-old girl will learn Thursday whether the Ohio Parole Board has accepted his plea for mercy as the state prepares an untried execution method.
Prosecutors have told the parole board the 40-year-old Phillips long denied such abuse and raised it only as his execution was imminent.
Phillips was sentenced to die for the 1993 rape and killing in Akron of Sheila Marie Evans, his girlfriend's daughter.
Gov. John Kasich has the final say ahead of the Nov. 14 execution.
The state has until next week to say whether it will use a specially mixed dose of pentobarbital or two other drugs.