Sheila Marie’s aunt, Donna Hudson, said: “Finally, after 24½ years, she can rest in peace.” Phillips, 43, seemed resigned at the end, looking up the ceiling and closing his eyes at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
The execution was delayed for a few minutes so that Phillips could meet with his brother.
Curry alleges that Scott assaulted him in retaliation for an incident that occurred on Easter Sunday, 1996, when Scott refused to serve Curry breakfast because of Curry's alleged participation in a riot that occurred three years before.
The second lawsuit involved the rest of the plaintiffs: Allen, Brooks, Cannon, Chisolm, King, Shorter, Wells, and Williams.
These plaintiffs allege that, on April 26, 1996, Scott assaulted each of them while they were connected to each other by a “rec-chain,” a long length of chain used to transport prisoners.
The parole board called the killing “among the worst of the worst.” Phillips’ attorneys said Wednesday that he became a different person in prison and that no one is beyond redemption.
“He had grown to be a good man, who was thoughtful, caring, compassionate, remorseful and reflective,” said attorneys Tim Sweeney and Lisa Lagos.