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Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:16pm

GA Parole Board To Make Clemency Decision Before Execution

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles says it will issue a decision on a death row inmate’s clemency request prior to the scheduled execution.

Warren Lee Hill is set to die Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Hill was serving a life sentence in 1990 for the 1986 slaying of his girlfriend when he killed a fellow inmate. A jury in 1991 convicted Hill of murder and sentenced him to death.

Hill's lawyers have long argued that he is intellectually disabled and therefore shouldn't be executed. Advocacy organizations in Georgia and nationally are also asking state officials and the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Hill's execution. They say a U.S. Supreme Court ruling categorically bans the execution of persons with intellectual disabilities.

The Parole Board is the only entity in Georgia with the authority to reduce a death sentence to life without parole.