Sunday 1:47am
April 20, 2014
Currently 53°F
Posted: Tuesday, February 19th 2013 at 7:05pm

Federal appeals court halts Ga. execution

By The Associated Press
EMAIL STORY CONTACT EDITOR PRINT
click to enlarge
JACKSON - A federal appeals court has halted the planned execution of a Georgia man who killed a fellow inmate in 1990.

Defense attorney Brian Kammer said that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay of execution to Warren Lee Hill, who had been set to die Tuesday evening.

Kammer said in an email that he was greatly relieved by the ruling.

Hill was convicted in the Aug. 17, 1990 beating death of Joseph Handspike. Hill was serving a life sentence at the time for the slaying of his 18-year-old girlfriend, who was shot 11 times.

Hill's lawyer had argued his client is mentally disabled and shouldn't be executed. The state argued the defense failed to meet its burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Hill is mentally disabled.
Associated Categories: Homepage, Local/State News

© Copyright 2014 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.


  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
  • Click here
0.045146
icon
53°F
Gainesville, GA 30501
Overcast
Wind: ENE 16 mph
Dew point: 42°F