Press Release: Georgia Department of Corrections
FORSYTH, Ga. – The Lee County Superior ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution of convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill on a date between July 13-20, 2013. Commissioner Brian Owens has rescheduled the date for July 19, at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7 p.m.
Hill was convicted in 1991 for the murder of Joseph Handspike. If executed, Hill will be the 31st inmate put to death by lethal injection. Media interested in a picture of Hill and a listing of his crimes may go to the GDC website (www.dcor.state.ga.us).
The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.
Associated Press Release
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia inmate is scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night as his attorneys seek a delay, arguing he's mentally disabled and should not be executed.
Warren Lee Hill has twice come within hours of being executed, and his attorneys are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay. Hill's attorneys are also challenging a new state law prohibiting the release of where the state obtained its execution drug supply.
Hill was sentenced to death for killing a fellow inmate. His lawyers have long argued Hill shouldn't be put to death because a U.S. Supreme Court decision prohibits the execution of the mentally disabled.
The state argues Hill has failed to prove he's mentally disabled. The state's lawyers say his case has been thoroughly reviewed by several courts.
Associated Press Release
The Georgia Supreme Court has stayed Monday's scheduled execution of a man convicted of killing a fellow prison inmate, turning aside his claim of mental disability in blocking the planned lethal injection on other grounds.
Warren Lee Hill had faced a scheduled 7 p.m. execution. But the high court said it was unanimously staying the execution to consider his appeal challenging Georgia's recent switch to a single-drug execution method.
In a subsequent non-unanimous statement, the court denied Hill's request they review defense arguments that Hill should be spared because he is mentally disabled. The state has previously said Hill's defense lawyers failed to conclusively show a mental disability. Federal law prohibits states from executing the mentally disabled.
Hill was convicted in the Aug. 17, 1990, death of inmate Joseph Handspike.