A federal appeals court has halted the execution of a Georgia man who killed a fellow inmate in 1990. Defense attorney Brian Kammer said that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill, who had been set to die Tuesday. Kammer said in an email that he was greatly relieved by the ruling.
A state court judge has declined to reconsider the case of a Georgia death row inmate set for execution this week. Judge Thomas Wilson on Monday declined to consider a request for habeas relief for Warren Lee Hill, who's to be executed Tuesday.
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.
Three death row inmates in Georgia are seeking a court order that would prevent the state from using a drug to execute them without a doctor's prescription. The inmates, two of whom are to be executed next week, asked a federal judge in Washington on Friday to direct the Drug Enforcement Administration to prevent the use of pentobarbital in lethal injections.
The Georgia attorney general has asked the state's highest court to expedite an appeal in the case of a death row inmate whose execution was delayed this week. The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill so it could consider an appeal by the inmate over Georgia's recent switch from a three-drug combination to a single-drug execution method.
The Georgia Supreme Court halted Monday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing a fellow prison inmate, turning aside his claim of mental disability and blocking the planned lethal injection on other grounds.
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.