Georgia halts Monday execution of Warren Lee Hill

JACKSON, GA - The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously granted a stay of execution to a man convicted of killing a fellow inmate.

Warren Lee Hill had been scheduled to be executed Monday at 7 p.m. at the state penitentiary at Jackson. But the high court said in a statement it was staying the execution so it could consider an appeal by the inmate over Georgia's recent switch to a single-drug execution method.

Hill was convicted in the Aug. 17, 1990, beating death of Joseph Handspike. Hill was serving a life sentence at the time for the shooting death of his 18-year-old girlfriend.

Hill's lawyers, among other issues, had challenged the state's recent switch from a three-drug lethal injection to a one-drug method. The change was announced days ago by state authorities.