CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Ohio governor John Kasich on Wednesday stayed the execution of convicted killer Ronald Phillips to assess whether Phillips' non-vital organs or tissues can be donated to his mother or possibly others. The governor's office said Phillips' execution, which had been scheduled for Thursday, has now been stayed until July 2, 2014. Phillips was convicted of the 1993 murder of his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter. (Reporting by Kim Palmer; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Scott Malone)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After nearly a decade in prison, freedom did not come easy for Ryan Ferguson — not even in the final few hours after the Missouri attorney general decided to not retry him in the 2001 slaying of a newspaper sports editor.