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Monday, July 23, 2012

Georgia Supremes grant stay to death-row inmate Warren Lee Hill

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Less than two hours before he was scheduled to be executed for the 1990 death of a fellow prison inmate, Warren Lee Hill has been granted a stay by the Georgia Supreme Court.

Georgia's highest court unanimously ordered the stay so it could consider an appeal by Hill over whether a recent change to the lethal injection procedure by the Georgia Department of Corrections should have first been discussed in public hearings. Department officials recently switched from a three-drug execution cocktail to one drug.

Hill's attorneys have argued that their client is mentally disabled and should therefore not be executed. The state says he does not meet the strict criteria to prove that's the case, however.

Hill's been on death row since 1991 for the murder of a fellow prison inmate. Hill was already serving a life prison sentence for the 1985 shooting death of his girlfriend.

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