Convicted child rapist and murderer Ronald Phillips was executed by lethal injection Wednesday morning in Ohio after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his requests for more time to pursue legal challenges, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Phillips, 43, of Akron, was 19 when he raped and beat to death Sheila Marie Evans, the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend. Sheila Marie died on Jan. 18, 1993. Her mother, Fae Amanda Evans, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for failing to protect her daughter and died of cancer in prison in 2008.
Phillips was declared dead at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday after he was injected with a three-drug combination at the maximum security Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville, Ohio. Witnesses said there were no apparent complications. He was the first person executed in Ohio in 3½ years.