The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reversed a stay of execution for convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill. His lawyers challenged a state law that allows Georgia to keep its source of execution drugs secret, but in a 5-2 ruling the court said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting drug makers' confidentiality. Prison officials in multiple states say pharmaceutical companies are only willing to provide lethal injection drugs if they can remain anonymous.
Lawyers from the Georgia Attorney General’s Office were unable to file an appeal Friday after a Fulton County Judge granted a stay of execution to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill. Hill’s execution was scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill will be back in court Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of a Georgia law prohibiting the release of information on where the state acquired its supply of a lethal injection drug. They’re seeking to delay Hill's execution set for Friday.
The way is again clear for Andrew Allen Cook to die Thursday evening. Lawyers for the man convicted of killing two Mercer University students in 1995 had won a temporary stay of execution Wednesday from the Georgia Court of Appeals, but on Thursday afternoon the Georgia Supreme Court lifted the stay.
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.