Group protests first Ohio execution in 3 years

Updated: Jul. 26, 2017 at 7:31 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Members of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center in Cincinnati are heading to Lucasville Wednesday morning to protest Ohio's first execution in more than three years.

They also plan to hold a prayer vigil and call on Gov. John Kasich to commute the sentence of Ronald Phillips.

Ohio halted executions in 2014 due to concerns over lethal injection.

Several botched executions in the state questioned the potency of the drugs used during the process.

State officials have since changed the drug combination, paving the way for executions to resume.

Phillips was convicted in 1993 for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Summit County.

Police say the then-19-year-old was arrested after confessing to physically and sexually assaulting the girl.

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