Georgia Halts Execution of Warren Lee Hill

Federal law prohibits states from putting to death.

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Georgia death row inmate Warren Hill was scheduled for execution on Monday, but the Georgia Supreme Court stopped the execution after his lawyers challenged the Department of Corrections' recent decision to switch to a one-drug execution formula, according to NBCnews.com.

The high court said in a statement Monday that it would consider the challenge because such a change requires public hearings and a 30-day public comment period.

Hill was convicted in the Aug. 17, 1990, beating death of another inmate. Hill was serving a life sentence at the time for the shooting death of his 18-year-old girlfriend.

His lawyers argue that Hill is mentally disabled -- significant because federal law prohibits states from executing the mentally disabled. But the state said the defense hadn’t conclusively shown that Hill has a mental disability.

Read more at NBCnews.com.

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