Georgia Set to Execute Mentally Disabled Man
Georgia will execute 52 year old Warren Hill even though the state has found Hill mentally disabled, and even though Georgia outlawed executing mentally disabled people in 1988.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
A death warrant signed Monday calls for Hill to be put to death by lethal injection. Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Owens set Hill’s execution for 7 p.m. July 18 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Hill is on death row for bludgeoning to death fellow inmate Joseph Handspike with a nail-studded board in 1990. At the time, Hill was serving a life sentence at the Lee Correctional Institution for killing his girlfriend.
“Executing Warren Hill, a 52-year-old man whom a court has found to be more likely than not mentally retarded, would be a terrible miscarriage of justice,” one of Hill’s lawyers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This has, of course, outraged human rights activists across the country. From RT:
Amnesty International has created a petition to be sent to Albert Murray, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles chair, asking for the state to reconsider the execution. Because Georgia is the only state that requires mental disability to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, Amnesty International notes that “Mr. Hill would not likely be facing execution had his crime been committed outside of Georgia.”
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