A death row inmate's last request to donate his organs to his ailing relatives was denied by Ohio prison officials today who said it was "made at a very late hour."

Ronald Phillips, 40, is set to die by lethal injection Thursday for the 1993 rape and murder of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.

In a letter to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction on Monday, attorneys for Phillips asked that his organs be given to his ailing mother and sister before or after his death.