COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An attorney for a condemned Ohio child killer says recent changes the state made in its execution policies are unacceptable.
Defense lawyer Allen Bohnert told a federal judge Friday that the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has walked away from its promise to make the prisons director responsible for how executions are carried out.
Bohnert wants Judge Gregory Frost to delay the Nov. 14 execution of Ronald Phillips while those changes are challenged in a lawsuit.
An attorney for the state says Ohio is committed to carrying out the execution in a humane, dignified and constitutional fashion.
Christopher Conomy, an assistant Ohio attorney general, says the state will keep its promises.
Phillips, who killed a 3-year-old girl, was expected to testify by video later Friday.