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Ohio Supreme Court reschedules 2 executions temporarily delayed by lethal injection debate

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    Ronald Phillips

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    William Montgomery

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Ronald Phillips

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court has rescheduled execution dates for two condemned killers that were temporarily delayed by a debate over the state’s new lethal injection procedures.

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William Montgomery

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At issue is a 2 ½ month moratorium ending mid-August ordered by a federal judge to allow more time for arguments over the procedures.

The court today set a Sept. 18 execution date for Ronald Phillips, sentenced to die for raping and killing his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993.

The court also set a Feb. 11 execution date for William Montgomery, sentenced to die for shooting 20-year-old Debra Ogle in Toledo in 1986.

Judge Gregory Frost is weighing arguments over Ohio’s plan to boost dosages of the drugs used for lethal injection.

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