On July 3, 2012, the Lee County Superior Court ordered the execution of Warren Lee Hill, Jr. Commissioner Brian Owens set the date for July 18, 2012 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson at 7:00 p.m.
On July 16, 2012, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Warren Hill. His attorney's filed a Motion for a Stay of Execution. You can read it here.
Warren Hill's execution has been postponed until Monday, July 23, due to a switch in lethal injection protocol by the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Warren Hill's attorneys filed for a stay of execution in Butts County Superior Court. On July 19, Judge Wilson denied the motion on the merits. You can read the order here.
On July 20, attorneys for Warren Hill filed a motion for a stay of execution in the Georgia Supreme Court. You can read it here.
On July 23, just 2 hours before Warren Hill was scheduled to be executed, the Georgia Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision staying the execution stating that they intend to consider whether the proper procedure took place when the Georgia Department of Corrections changed their lethal injection procedure last week.
On February 4, 2013, the Georgia Supreme Court in an unanimous decision ruled that the Department of Corrections was not subject to the Administrative Procedures Act when they changed their execution protocol the day before the state planned to execute Warren Hill.
On February 5, 2013, a warrant was issued for Warren Hill for Feb. 19-Feb. 28.
On February 18, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of execution.
On April 23, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Warren Hill's petition for relief in a 2-1 vote.
On July 18, Judge Gail Tusan of the Fulton County Superior Court indefinitely stayed the execution of Warren Hill to consider the merits of his lethal injection challenge.
On October 7, the US Supreme Court denied both of Warren Hill's appeals. The Court's denial represents Mr. Hill's last opportunity to have his case heard on the merits. This is the case because of Georgia's uniquely stringent burden of proof - the strictest in the nation - which requires defendants to prove mental retardation "beyond a reasonable doubt."