Georgia Prisoner Facing Execution Tuesday; Defenders Say He Is Mentally Disabled And Should Be Spared

Source: Matt Smith / CNN

Warren Lee Hill, whose defenders say he is mentally disabled, is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday for the 1990 killing of Joseph Handspike.

Handspike was another inmate in a Georgia state prison.

Hill was convicted of beating Handspike to death with a nail-studded board while already serving a life sentence in the 1985 killing of his girlfriend, Myra Wright.

Hill’s lawyers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution, arguing that his IQ of 70 means he should be spared under the 2002 decision that barred the execution of the mentally retarded. But a string of state courts has said Hill doesn’t qualify under Georgia law, which requires inmates to prove mental impairment “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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