February 20th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Georgia appeals inmate's stay of execution

The state of Georgia Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let the execution of condemned murderer Warren Lee Hill go forward after a last-minute stay that spared him from lethal injection.

Hill was within half an hour of execution Tuesday night when federal and state appeals courts stepped in to halt the procedure, his lawyer said. His lawyers say he's mentally retarded, with an IQ of 70, but state prosecutors say Hill has repeatedly failed to prove that claim in court.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    mmh...capital punishment should be a rare occurence...he needs to be place in solitary away from the other prisoners...

    February 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jason

    Why do they always wait until the last minute to grant a stay? Isn't that even more torture? Maybe that's the idea.

    February 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    One effect of granting a stay of execution at the last minute is to prevent a reversal of the stay in time to allow the execution to proceed at the scheduled hour.

    February 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 1608

    I asked a question at 7;32 and it is still awaiting moderation. Nice.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I find it amusing that the WordPress filters will not allow the very terminology employed in the articles...

      February 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1608

    Okay cnn lets try it this way....How can Hill prove what the prosecution wants him to prove?

    The 7:32 was dropped, i expect the 8:11 to disappear as well.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How does one prove that they are mentally retarded? Wouldn't a few IQ tests prove it? Why aren't they admitted into evidence? Is the state blocking that? Why?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patricia sapp

    If you have to kill the man why torture him by staying the execution?

    February 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Patricia sapp

    I think the whole system is cruel

    February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I would like to know why nobody noticed a board studded with nails inside his cell prior to beating his sleeping roomate to death with it?

    February 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    One can say "intellectually challenged."
    An IQ of 70 (30 below average) is right on the line. However, 30 above average (130) is not "genius" level.
    How severely challenged can he be?
    What would be this prisoner's motivation to do well on an IQ test? Only state-assisted suicide.

    February 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Not to mention, if he wanted to die, he would drop his lawyers, and his appeals.

      February 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I see that my answer to JIF was deleted.
    My only point was that the state denies his IQ is that low, and he hasn't proved it. How would one prove it? What other way than an IQ test? He wants to live, obviously. I don't care, one way or another.

    February 21, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |