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N.A.A.C.P. state leaders call for Hill execution to be halted

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The president of the N.A.A.C.P.  in Georgia is going around the state  trying to stop Monday's scheduled execution of Warren Hill. 

The organization says Hill should not be put to death because he is mentally disabled.

The group is asking the Governor and the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Hill's execution. 

Fired up, ready to go."

Georgia N.A.A.C.P. leaders rallied on the Dougherty County courthouse steps, asking state leaders or the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Monday's scheduled execution of Warren Lee Hill. They agree with Hill's lawyers that is mentally disabled.

State Conference President Edward DuBose said "What we're saying is Georgia is about to engage in an extremely barbaric and inhumane act. To kill a person who may not even be able to appreciate the fact that he is being executed."

Hill was serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend, when in 1990 he beat a fellow inmate at Lee State Prison to death. For that second death he was sentenced to die.

DuBose said "Georgia says that you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person is mentally retarded. And we all know that that is impossible."

The NAACP leaders do not question Hill's guilt. Just whether he should face the ultimate punishment.

 Terrell County NAACP Branch President Rev. Ezekiel Holley said "There are a lot of unanswered questions about Mr. Hill. But right now we are fighting for Mr. Hill's life. That he would get proper medical treatment. But I'm not saying set him free."

DuBose and the NAACP held rallies Friday in Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah.  They are calling for the Governor to stop Monday's execution and to take a second look at the state's mental disability requirements.

 DuBose said "I think until we change the law we will deal with this over and over again."

DuBose said they know they may not be able to save Warren Hill from execution, but they hope state leaders will reconsider the standard in the state law.

DuBose is now headed to the NAACP national convention in Orlando, where he hopes to put an emergency resolution on the floor to ask Georgia to stop Hill's execution.

 NAACP branches across Georgia will hold prayer vigil's Monday at 7, the time he is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection.

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