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Condemned Killer Again Cites Organ Donation In Request For Stay Of Execution

A death row inmate seeking to donate a kidney to his mother before his execution is requesting another reprieve. The state last year rejected the first organ donation request from 40-year-old Ronald Phillips, saying there was not sufficient time to undergo surgery and recuperate for his execution to proceed. Phillips now wants the execution delayed until 2016. His attorneys say by then, Phillips' 66-year-old mother either will lose enough weight to have transplant surgery or will likely succumb to complications of kidney disease. The execution has been rescheduled to September after a judge ordered a 2 1/2-month moratorium to allow arguments over new lethal injection procedures.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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