NPR : After Three-Year Hiatus, Ohio Carries Out An Execution – July 26, LAUREL WAMSLEY.
At 10:43 a.m. Wednesday, inmate and convicted murderer Ronald Phillips was pronounced dead, executed via lethal injection by the state of Ohio — the first time the state has carried out a death sentence in more than three years.
Phillips’ death at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville may mark the end of one chapter in the state’s battle to find a legally permissible means of execution – and the state may soon begin carrying out many more death sentences.
Ohio paused its executions after a lethal injection in 2014 caused inmate Dennis McGuire to gasp and snort during the 15 minutes before he died.
Following Phillips’ death, Ohio now has 138 people sentenced to death, among the nation’s highest death row populations.