Clemency denied for Hill

Warren Lee Hill

Warren Lee Hill


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Warren Lee Hill

JACKSON, Ga. -- The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles met Friday to consider a clemency request from attorneys representing condemned state inmate Warren Lee Hill.

After considering the request, the board announced Monday that it had voted to deny clemency.

In 1991, a jury convicted Hill of murder and sentenced him to death. He was serving a life sentence for the 1985 fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Myra Wright, when he reportedly killed Joseph Handspike, another inmate at the Lee Correctional Institute (now Lee State Prison) on Aug. 17, 1990, by beating him to death.

The case involving Wright's murder was tried in Cobb County, while the case involving Handspike's death was tried in Lee County, records from the Georgia Department of Corrections show.

In 1993, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the conviction and affirmed the jury's verdict. Hill has concluded his state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, officials from the state Pardons and Paroles Board say.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied Hill's appeal on June 4, after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that Hill had no claim for a new trial.

Hill is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Earlier this month, his execution window had been set for noon Wednesday through noon July 25.