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Mary Phillips, half-sister of convicted child rapist and murderer Ronald Phillips, describes in a pre-recorded video the brutal childhood she and her siblings endured. The Ohio Parole Board, which watched her video on Thursday, will decide whether to recommend moving forward with the death penalty for her brother. (Nick Glunt/Akron Beacon Journal)
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)
Dorian Hall (left) , an expert witness, sits with attorneys for Ronald Phillips during his final clemency hearing. Hall, who specializes in mitigation and investigation, told the Ohio Parole Board how important mitigating factors are in death penalty cases. (Nick Glunt/Akron Beacon Journal)
Attorney Michael Edminister, who worked in Akron but now lives in Colorado, describes concerns he had with the 1993 trial against Ronald Phillips, who he represented at the time. (Nick Glunt/Akron Beacon Journal)
Summit County Assistant Prosecutor Brad Gessner and Assistant Ohio Attorney General Brenda Leikala listen at the final clemency hearing for convicted child rapist and murderer Ronald Phillips. Phillips is scheduled for execution next month, but the Ohio Parole Board could recommend Gov. John Kasich reduce his sentence to life in prison. (Nick Glunt/Akron Beacon Journal)