Execution stay lifted for Ga. prisoner

12:13 PM, Apr 23, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A federal appeals court that halted the execution of a Georgia man has lifted its stay, clearing the way for a new execution date.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in at the last minute to temporarily block Warren Lee Hill's execution in February.

The court said it wanted to consider Hill's arguments that a federal court should reconsider his case. His attorneys argued that he is mentally disabled and should not be executed.

In an opinion published Tuesday, the 11th Circuit says Hill's claim of mental disability was presented at an earlier petition and can't be presented again.

Hill was sentenced to death in Lee County after killing a fellow inmate in 1990. At the time, he was in prison for shooting his 18-year-old girlfriend to death in 1986.

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