Phillips was convicted of raping and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
He beat and then sexually assaulted the toddler. The facility has been dubbed the "Death House". Justices Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dissented, arguing the inmates had demonstrated a likelihood of success at trial.
The appeal to the justices was premised on Ohio's lethal injection protocol. "We are in favor of hard-life sentences for people who commit despicable crimes, but the death penalty eliminates the possibility we got it wrong", said Pastor Carl Ruby with the Central Christian Church. The death penalty has been on hold in OH since January 2014, when a condemned inmate repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure with a never-before-tried drug combination. Witnesses to McQuire's execution in allege that he gasped and snorted before he died 26 minutes later. The executioners will then inject "rocuronium bromide, a paralytic agent created to shut down respiration, and then potassium chloride to induce cardiac arrest", the Blade writes.
An additional appeal to the highest court was age-based and was also rejected.
Last week, a diverse group also delivered petitions with 27,000 signatures to Kasich's office calling on him to call off the executions. He was 19 when he murdered the three-year-old child. Phillips has had several previous delays to scheduled executions, most notably in 2013, when he made a last-minute plea to donate his organs. The attorneys, therefore, stated that Phillips couldn't "have it both ways" - it can no more make a person eligible for death than it can make a person ineligible for death.
The three and a half year halt to executions began after the death of Dennis McGuire in 2014.
After a three year pause to assess the flaws in their death penalty system, OH has failed to evolve, yet, it will commence with state-sanctioned killings once again.
As an effect, however, McGuire was executed first.
When the toddler was beaten to death by Phillips, she had 139 bruises.
Last night and this morning, Phillips has been allowed to see attorneys, spiritual advisers, friends, and family members, United States of America today reported. For his last meal Tuesday evening, he requested a large cheese pizza with bell pepper and mushrooms, a 2-liter bottle of Pepsi and strawberry cheesecake, along with grape juice and a piece of unleavened bread.