Execution of Ga. man put on hold while state Supreme Court considers appeal

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Monday, July 23, 2012

ATLANTA -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has granted a stay of execution for a 52-year-old convicted of killing a fellow inmate with a nail-embedded board.

Warren Lee Hill was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Monday at 7 p.m. in Jackson, Ga.

The court has put the execution on hold while it considers an appeal from Hill.

According to a news release from the Supreme Court of Georgia, the appeal is "on whether the Department of Corrections' recent change to the lethal injection procedure by replacing the three-drug cocktail with one drug was a decision subject to the state's Administrative Procedure Act, which requires public hearings before the change is made."

Hill was convicted in the 1990 murder of Joseph Handspike, who was also in state custody at the time. Hill was in prison serving time for the fatal shooting of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Sylvia Wright, in 1985.

His attorneys have been trying to prove that he's mentally disabled and that it would be unconstitutional to execute him, but the court has refused to rule on that.

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