Georgia's supply of the drug it uses to perform executions is set to expire next month. The state Department of Corrections says it has 17 vials of pentobarbital, or enough for six lethal injections. The state has two executions scheduled for this week but doesn't have any others scheduled.
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.
A lawyer for a Georgia inmate set to be executed next week has filed a U.S. Supreme Court motion requesting a stay of execution. Attorneys for Warren Lee Hill, filed the motion Wednesday. Hill is set to be executed Feb. 19.
The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against a death row inmate who had accused prison officials of violating state procedures by failing to hold a public notice hearing before changing the state's execution procedure.
Anti-death penalty advocates and community members plan to gather to commemorate the anniversary of the execution in Georgia of Troy Davis. A coalition of groups is organizing a memorial service Friday evening at First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah.
A District Attorney says he will seek the death penalty for three Army soldiers based at Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia. They are accused of killing two people to protect an anti-government militia. The soldiers allegedly planned to overthrow the government.
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.