GA Supreme Court denies Hill's plea

Warren Lee Hill's appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court has been denied.

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

Hill, 53, is scheduled to be put to death tonight at 7:00 p.m. bylethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison inJackson, GA. In addition to denying Hill's Motion for Stay of Execution, theCourt also has denied his application to appeal a decision by the Butts CountySuperior Court dismissing his claim that he's mentally retarded.

Hill was given the death sentence in 1991 after a Lee County juryconvicted him of murder in the 1990 bludgeoning death of a fellow prisoninmate, Joseph Handspike. At the time, Hill was serving a life prison sentencefor the 1986 shooting death of his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Sylvia Wright.

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