Lee County killer to be executed tonight - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

No stay of execution for Lee County killer

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • 17-year-old charged in shooting

    17-year-old charged in shooting

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:00:11 GMT
    Source: WTOCSource: WTOC
    Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have charged a youth arrested in Garden City with the shooting of a Savannah man during a robbery Aug. 3.

    More >>
    Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police have charged a youth arrested in Garden City with the shooting of a Savannah man during a robbery Aug. 3.

    More >>
  • Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

    Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

    Streets of Ferguson stay calm after violent nights

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:00:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson). Protesters march Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
    Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday.More >>
    Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday.More >>
  • Albany fire investigating house fire as arson

    Albany fire investigating house fire as arson

    Albany fire investigating house fire as arson

    Saturday, August 23 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-08-23 14:21:32 GMT
    604 West Gordon Avenue House Fire604 West Gordon Avenue House Fire
    Albany Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday morning on West Gordon Avenue.More >>
    Albany Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday morning on West Gordon Avenue.More >>

In a 5-to-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia today has denied a stay of execution for Warren Lee Hill. 


Hill, 53, is 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. In addition to denying Hill's Motion for Stay of Execution, the Court also has denied his application to appeal a decision by the Butts County Superior Court dismissing his claim that he's mentally retarded.

Hill was given the death sentence in 1991 after a Lee County jury convicted him of murder in the 1990 bludgeoning death of a fellow prison inmate, Joseph Handspike.

 At the time, Hill was serving a life prison sentence for the 1986 shooting death of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Sylvia Wright. 

All the justices concurred in today's decision except Chief Justice Carol Hunstein and Justice Robert Benham, who dissented.

 

Copyright 2013 WALB.