Ohio

State rejects temporary reprieve for Ohio child killer

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Ronald Phillips, convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron, Ohio. Ohio Parole Board members are scheduled to hold a Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, hearing to consider arguments for and against mercy for Ronald Phillips, the first inmate scheduled for execution under the state's revised lethal injection method that uses a three-drug combination. His execution is scheduled Jan. 12, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Ronald Phillips, convicted of the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in Akron, Ohio. Ohio Parole Board members are scheduled to hold a Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, hearing to consider arguments for and against mercy for Ronald Phillips, the first inmate scheduled for execution under the state's revised lethal injection method that uses a three-drug combination. His execution is scheduled Jan. 12, 2017. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Ohio prosecutors have rejected a proposal to temporarily delay the January execution of a man set to die for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

Assistant Ohio Attorney General Thomas Madden ruled out the possibility of a one-month reprieve for death row inmate Ronald Phillips in a Friday email made public Monday.

Phillips is the first inmate scheduled for execution under a new process for putting condemned prisoners to death.

He is scheduled to die Jan. 12. An initial proposal would have postponed the execution until Feb. 15.

Madden said the proposal was rejected after Phillips' attorneys proposed a delay until April.

The attorney general's office declined to comment. Messages were left for Phillips' attorneys.