Ronald Phillips set to die in Ohio's first execution in three years

AKRON, Ohio - Ohio is a day away from carrying out its first execution in more than three years.

Condemned child killer Ronald Phillips is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, but he still has appeals pending the U.S. Supreme Court.

Phillips has been on death row since for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron.

Executions in Ohio have been on hold since 2014, when it took 26 minutes for the execution of Dennis McGuire.

Phillips and two other inmates seek more time from the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal Ohio's lethal injection method.

Their lawyers argue the procedure's first drug, the sedative midazolam, creates an unconstitutional risk of pain by not rendering prisoners deeply unconscious before two other drugs kick in.

The state has had trouble finding new supplies of drugs, and death row inmates made an unsuccessful challenge of Ohio's plans for a new three-drug execution method.

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