Mon., February 18, 2013 5:21pm
The pending execution of Warren Lee Hill is highlighting Georgia’s tough standard for proving mental disability in death-penalty cases. Hill’s lawyers have long argued he shouldn’t be put to death because it’s illegal to execute the “mentally retarded.” But that has to be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt” in Georgia courts, and they decided Hill didn’t meet the standard. No other state requires that level of proof.
Fri., January 20, 2012 11:00am
The brother of a death row inmate convicted in the 2001 killing a woman and her 3-year-old daughter wants state and federal judges to allow him to pursue appeals on his brother's behalf. Nicholas Cody Tate is set to be executed Jan. 31 and he has refused to challenge his conviction and death sentence.
Mon., January 9, 2012 7:28am
The Georgia chapter of the NAACP is asking state lawmakers to end capital punishment. NAACP state president Edward Dubose said at a rally Monday that execution is murder. State Sen. Vincent Fort has said he will file legislation to end capital punishment.
Mon., January 2, 2012 10:30am
Some Georgia death row inmates could lose their attorneys amid budget cuts that could potentially halt appeals hearings and even delay executions. To make up for the gap, a nonprofit that is involved in 90 percent of death-row cases will ask lawmakers for more funding to avoid layoffs.
Tue., October 4, 2011 1:04pm
Marcus Ray Johnson was set to be executed Wednesday for a murder in 1994. Albany Superior Court Judge scedules a new hearing for February 2012. New evidence for defense key in decision.