State appeals execution stay

Warren Lee Hill

Warren Lee Hill

ATLANTA — The state has filed a appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court seeking to overturn a lower court ruling giving a stay of execution to convicted killer Warren Lee Hill, court officials say.

Hill, sentenced to death for killing a fellow inmate at the Lee Correctional Institution (now Lee State Prison), was given a stay of execution by a Fulton County Superior Court judge last week. Hill’s attorneys had challenged the constitutionality of a new state law barring the release of information about the source and quality of the execution drug pentobarbital.

Hill’s defense team has a separate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court saying Hill should not be executed because he is mentally incompetent.