published Monday, February 18th, 2013

Judge won’t reconsider case of Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA — A state court judge has declined to reconsider the case of a Georgia death row inmate set for execution this week.

Judge Thomas Wilson today declined to consider a request for habeas relief for Warren Lee Hill, who’s to be executed Tuesday.

Hill’s lawyers have argued he is mentally disabled and therefore shouldn’t be executed. Georgia law prohibits the execution of mentally disabled offenders.

Hill’s lawyers asked the judge to consider new evidence in the case. They submitted statements from three doctors who originally testified in 2000 that Hill was not mentally disabled. All three doctors have since changed their opinion and now say he is mentally disabled.

The judge says the request for reconsideration is procedurally barred and that the new evidence doesn’t establish a miscarriage of justice.

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