Ohio prisons want drug to stop executions in progress

FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the State of Texas execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas. A leading association for pharmacists on Monday has approved a proposal declaring that participation in lethal injection executions by compounding pharmacies would be a violation of core pharmacy values. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
FILE - This May 27, 2008 file photo shows the State of Texas execution chamber in Huntsville, Texas. A leading association for pharmacists on Monday has approved a proposal declaring that participation in lethal injection executions by compounding pharmacies would be a violation of core pharmacy values. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio prisons officials want to be able to stop an execution in progress.

The state’s prison chief requested a drug that counteracts the first of three drugs used to put a person to death.

The first drug used in executions is a sedative, and the reversal drug would be used only if the first drug doesn’t make a prisoner unconscious.

In other developments concerning Ohio’s death penalty law, Ohio’s leading anti-death penalty group is calling on Gov. John Kasich to halt future executions.

Ohioans To Stop Executions made its request at a Thursday news conference at 10 a.m., the same time that condemned child killer Ronald Phillips had been scheduled to die.

Phillips’ execution was delayed until Feb. 15 while a judge weighs a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s new 3-drug lethal injection method.

The group also wants lawmakers to enact changes to the state’s capital punishment system as recommended by a state Supreme Court panel.

Rebecca Tollefson, the Ohio Council of Churches’ executive director, says dangerous offenders can be held accountable without executing them.

Kasich spokeswoman Emmalee Kalmbach says the governor supports the death penalty and does not take the responsibility lightly.

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