Ronald Phillips. Photo: Ohio Department of Corrections.
COLUMBUS -- A condemned Ohio killer facing execution next month for raping and killing a 3-year-old girl wants to challenge the state's new lethal injection drug policy.
Lawyers for death row inmate Ronald Phillips say the state's plan to switch to a non-FDA-regulated dose of pentobarbital raises the possibility that Phillips and other condemned inmates could suffer tremendous pain and discomfort.
The lawyers also said in court filings late Friday the state has watered down its execution procedures by giving individuals designated by the prisons director authority for execution decisions instead of the director himself.
The filings also ask a federal judge permission to include whatever specialty pharmacy is chosen to make the new dose of pentobarbital in the lawsuit.
The state has until Wednesday to respond.
The Associated Press