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Death penalty opponents seek to block Hill execution

11:32 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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Warren Lee Hill

ATLANTA (AP) - Death penalty opponents are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to block Monday's execution of convicted killer Warren Lee Hill on the grounds that he is mentally disabled.

A Supreme Court ruling bars states from executing people with severe mental disabilities. However, the state of Georgia says it has evaluated Hill and does not believe he meets the criteria.

Hill's attorney asked a federal appeals court to delay his execution until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in. The court denied their request.

Warren Lee Hill is scheduled to be executed July 15. His lawyers asked the U.S. Supreme Court in May to review new evidence they have submitted.

In a court filing Monday, his lawyers said the Supreme Court is currently scheduled to consider whether to take up Hill's case on Sept. 30. They urge the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to delay his execution until the high court proceedings are done.

Hill was sentenced to die for the 1990 beating death of a fellow inmate. At the time, he was already serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend.

(The Associated Press)

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