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Warren Lee Hill execution halted amid lethal injection concerns

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JACKSON, GA (CBS46) -

A judge temporarily stays planned Warren Lee Hill execution amid concerns about lethal injection issues.

Georgia inmate Warren Lee Hill was scheduled to die by lethal injection Monday night.

His attorneys were arguing he's mentally disabled and should not be executed.

The state argues Hill has failed to prove he's mentally disabled.

Hill has spent the last 21 years on death row for killing a fellow inmate. He was originally put in prison for murdering his girlfriend Myra Sylvia Wright, according to police reports.

A prayer vigil will take place Monday at 6 p.m. at the Georgia State Capitol.

Below is a statement from Brian Kammer, attorney for Warren Hill:

"We are relieved that the Superior Court of Fulton County has stayed the execution of Warren Hill, a man with mental retardation who has an undisputed I.Q. of 70.

Today, the Court found that more time is needed to explore Mr. Hill's complaint, which raises serious concerns about the extreme secrecy surrounding the execution process in Georgia, and the new Lethal Injection Secrecy Act, which took effect one day before Georgia issued a death warrant for Mr. Hill.

At this time, there is far too much we do not know about how the state intends to proceed in this, the most extreme act a government can take against a citizen.

Ultimately, we are hopeful that the United States Supreme Court will hear Mr. Hill's pending Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, and will have the opportunity to consider the important new evidence in this case, that there is unanimous consensus among all the doctors who have examined Mr. Hill, including three who previously testified for the state, that he is a person with mental retardation, and thus ineligible for the death penalty."

Brian Kammer, attorney for Warren Hill, July 15, 2013
 

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