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.
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.
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.
Records show that one of the drugs that was to be used in Warren Lee Hill's scheduled execution in Georgia last month had expired two weeks before he was scheduled to die. The Department of Corrections tried to change its procedures from three drugs to one — a barbiturate — in an effort to keep the execution on track.