Court orders stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill - CBS46 News

Court orders stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Hundreds of Georgians will gather to hold a vigil and show opposition to the state's decision to execute a man with an undisputed intellectual disability.

On July 16, Georgia's Board of Pardons and Paroles decided to deny clemency for Warren Hill.

Hill has spent the last 21 years on death row for killing a fellow inmate. He was originally put in prison for murdering his girlfriend Myra Sylvia Wright, according to police reports.

Hill's case has gained widespread attention and has again brought scrutiny of Georgia's laws and death penalty practices. 

Community organizations, faith leaders and concerned Georgia residents will gather in 11 towns across the state to hold vigils as they do each time of a scheduled execution.

The vigil will take place at Atlanta's State Capitol on Washington St. at 6:30 p.m.

On Monday, The Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously granted a stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill.

Hill, 52, was scheduled to be put to death tonight at 7:00 p.m. by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.

Although the Supreme Court of Georgia has granted a stay of execution for Hill on the issue of the Department of Corrections' change in the lethal injection protocol, a separate order had found that Hill failed to prove he was mentally retarded beyond a reasonable doubt and that the "beyond a reasonable doubt" standard was constitutional.

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