Court halts Tuesday execution
A Georgia Department of Corrections handout image from 2012 shows death row inmate Warren L. Hill.
February 19th, 2013
07:21 PM ET

Court halts Tuesday execution

[Updated at 7:21 p.m. ET] A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution to convicted killer Warren Lee Hill, who was to have been put to death at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a Georgia prison, a staff attorney for the Georgia Resource Center told CNN.

Hill's lawyers had argued that his IQ of 70 meant he should be spared under a 2002 decision that barred the execution of the mentally disabled.

[Updated at 6:54 p.m. ET] The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a stay of execution for convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill, who is slated to be executed at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson, Georgia.

His defenders say he should be spared because he is mentally disabled. Georgia's Supreme Court denied a request for a stay earlier today.

[Updated at 5:02 p.m. ET] The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles said it has denied the request for clemency from Warren Lee Hill. Hill is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday for the 1990 killing of Joseph Handspike.

[Updated at 3:16 p.m. ET] In a 5-to-2 decision, Georgia's Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a stay of execution for convicted murderer Warren Lee Hill.

Hill, 53, is scheduled to be put to death at 7 p.m. by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

Hill was convicted of beating fellow inmate Joseph Handspike to death in 1990 with a nail-studded board while already serving a life sentence in the 1985 killing of his girlfriend, Myra Wright.

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  1. Max Headroom Intrusion, 1987

    I have an I.Q. of 82. I wonder what I can get away with!?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      For one thing, you got away with a period following 82, rather than a comma.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Mr. Hill has lived twenty-three years longer than his second victim, and twenty-eight years longer than his first victim.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      And how many more years do those who plan out the murder of their unborn child @Joey?

      February 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      Lost? This isn't about abortion, you ninny.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      LOL! How many children do you think this guy was going to give birth to? LOL. Dork.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ..

      You think girls are sitting there going, "in May of 2021, I'm going to get pg so I can have an abortion. Bwa ha ha!"
      Sound dumb, doesn't it? Because it IS dumb.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RW&B

    Tall tree short rope.........

    February 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jack

    Guns don't kill people, nail-studded boards do !

    February 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Taman

    2 people lost their lives at the hands of this individual and they got no consideration at all. Why is he deserving of any excuse whatsoever, despite being a waste of airspace and taxpayers money??? He has no shot at rehabilitation and no chance at being a productive member of society. He has proven himself as a greater danger than guns.

    February 19, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      he might vote democratic if he gets out. they gotta protect him.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeezerDude

      With an IQ of 70, he can only vote Republican. I think it's a requirement or something.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick

    If Obama had a son, or a boyfriend. . . . just sayin'.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      That is Obamo you racist. He is a kneeegrow isn't he ? Obamo.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • President Obama

      If I had a son, he would look like Warren Lee Hill.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If you knew how to breed with anything other than your pet sheep, you might have a son.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    This story IS on que with the "low information" voter.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    I'm new to this whole American justice thingy. How did a regular US federal judge have the power to grant a stay AFTER the US supreme court denied?

    February 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. George Zimmerman

    Let me at him.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chillipepper

    Half the guys in prison hve a 70 IQ. Fry em.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |