A Georgia inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night as his attorneys seek a delay, arguing he's mentally disabled and should not be executed. Warren Lee Hill has twice come within hours of being executed, and his attorneys are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay. Hill's attorneys are also challenging a new state law prohibiting the release of where the state obtained its execution drug supply.
A Fulton County judge has temporarily stayed a scheduled execution Monday after the inmate's attorneys raised questions about a law prohibiting the release of information involving Georgia's execution drug supply.
A Georgia death row inmate's execution is set to go forth unless he gets last-minute relief from a court. Warren Lee Hill's execution is set for 7 p.m. Monday. Hill was serving a life sentence when he was convicted in the 1990 death of a fellow inmate.
Witness reliability plays prominently in Troy Davis' internationally-watched case. In the two decades since Davis was condemned for fatally shooting Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against Davis at his trial have recanted their testimony. No jury has heard those recantations, and a Savannah judged looked upon evidence of changed testimony with suspicion.
The execution of a Georgia inmate who appeared to struggle last week will be at the center of a push to stop lethal injections using a controversial new sedative, even though they may never be able to prove that it caused the spasms in his last moments.
The state pardons board has rejected a bid for clemency for a Georgia death row inmate who is set to die this month for the 1978 slaying of an elderly woman in Savannah. Roy Willard Blankenship would be the first person put to death in Georgia using a new three-drug execution combination.
Georgia will switch to a new drug for prisoner executions after federal regulators seized its stockpile of sodium thiopental, a sedative used in the three-drug combination for lethal injections. The Department of Corrections plans to use pentobarbital instead.