Fulton County Superior Court has temporarily stayed tthe scheduled execution of Warren Hill so that a briefing can take place on Mr. Hill's complaint challenging the extreme secrecy surrounding the execution in light of Georgia's new Lethal Injection Secrecy Act. That briefing is scheduled to take place at 8 A.M. on Thursday, July 18th. A new execution date has been set for Friday, July 18th at 7 p.m. EST.
Mr. Hill's habeas petition is pending with the U.S. Supreme Court. The habeas petition includes new information about the unanimous finding of all doctors who have examined him that Mr. Hill is a person with mental retardation.
The following 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