ATLANTA – A scheduled Wednesday execution has been rescheduled until Monday evening, the state said Tuesday, the same day it announced officials will start using “a single drug protocol” for executions.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday denied clemency for Warren Lee Hill Jr. Hill, whose attorneys say is mentally disabled, was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Hill was sentenced to death on Aug. 2, 1991, for slaying of a fellow inmate in August 1990 at Lee Correctional Institution. The inmate was sleeping at the time of the attack and was not able to defend himself, according to prosecutors; at the time, Hill was already serving a life sentence for murdering a girlfriend.
In a news release, the Department of Corrections said “effective immediately, (it) will utilize a single drug protocol for court ordered executions.”
“Formerly a three drug process, the new protocol will consist solely of the sedative pentobarbital,” the department said. “The Department has been using pentobarbital in its execution process, and based upon the experience of other states and competent medical testimony, the drug has proven to be effective.”
The complete release:
The Department of Corrections has announced that effective immediately, the Department of Corrections will utilize a single drug protocol for court ordered executions. Formerly a three drug process, the new protocol will consist solely of the sedative pentobarbital. The Department has been using pentobarbital in its execution process, and based upon the experience of other states and competent medical testimony, the drug has proven to be effective.
The Court Ordered execution of Warren Lee Hill has been rescheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 23rd at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. The Department is committed to carrying out the Order of the Court in the most responsible and professional manner possible.
The Department of Corrections is the fourth largest prison system in the United States and is responsible for supervising nearly 60,000 state prisoners and over 150,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.