Fr. Greg, Mo. Jenna, Alex Hall, Ed Buckley, and others will drive to Jackson, GA today to stand vigil outside of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, GA, where Warren Lee Hill is scheduled to be executed at 7:00 p.m. If you would like to join this group, meet in the plaza at Holy Trinity at 5 p.m. today, January 27, for carpooling.
Bishop Rob Wright has asked Georgia’s Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare the life of Hill, who was convicted of first-degree murder for the 1985 killing of his girlfriend, Myra Wright, and the 1990 killing of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike. The Episcopal Church has opposed executions for over 60 years, and this case has drawn national attention because of the inmate’s intellectual disability: Warren Lee Hill has an IQ of about 70 and “the emotional and cognitive functioning of an 11-year-old boy,” according to his attorney.
Read Bishop Rob Wright’s letter to the GA Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Update from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Warren Lee Hill was put to death by an injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. The 54-year-old was pronounced dead at 7:55 p.m. He declined to make a final statement but did accept an offer to have a prayer read over him by a clergy member.