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Clock ticks again for Lee Co. murderer

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge has set a week-long window for the execution of a Georgia death row inmate convicted of killing a fellow inmate.

A Lee County judge Friday issued an order for Warren Lee Hill to be executed between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman said Friday an exact date had not been set.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said Hill is currently scheduled to be executed on Jan. 27, 2015.

Hill's lawyers argue he is intellectually disabled and therefore should be spared from execution on constitutional grounds, citing a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision. 

Georgia has the nation's strictest standard for proving intellectual disability, requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Hill has come within hours of execution at least three times before winning a stay. He was sentenced to death in Lee County for the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike.

Hill was in the Lee State Prison for shooting his girlfriend 11 times.

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