- Thug: Warren Lee Hill (29 at time of offense)
- Date of Execution: February 19, 2013
- Date of Crime: August 17, 1990
- Victim(s): Joseph Handspike, 34 and Myra Wright, 18 (who was murdered in 1986 by Hill)
- Last Meal: Hill declined to request a special last meal, he instead will be offered the institution’s meal tray, consisting of macaroni and cheese, baked beans, mixed vegetables, stir-fry vegetables, cornbread, cookies and iced tea.
- Final Words: TBD
It’s been a while since we’ve had an execution here in the Death Penalty capital of the United States (though Carl Blue is scheduled for death in Huntsville 2 days from now – I’ll have a post up for that execution sometime tomorrow). But it looks like the good folks of Georgia are picking up our slack.
You’ll hear lots of screaming and hollering from the anti-death penalty activists on this one (in fact, I’m surprised that the Texas Tribune’s own anti-death penalty zealot, Brandi Grissom, hasn’t found a way to tie this case to Texas so she could use it as part of her anti-DP narrative and agenda) — because they claim poor ol’ Warren is retarded (are we allowed to use that word again?).
Just a quick google of Warren Hill’s name gets you lots of hits from the usual leftists: the Huffington Post, Think Progress, the NY times…
But the fact remains that Warren Hill is guilty of murdering two people. One of them — the crime for which he received the death penalty — was a fellow inmate, whom Hill beat to death with a 2 x 6 board embedded with nails:
In August of 1990, Hill and the victim, Joseph Handspike, were both incarcerated for murder at the Lee Correctional Institution (hereinafter Lee C.I.). Hill was serving a life sentence for murdering his 18-year-old girlfriend, Myra Wright, in 1986 by shooting her 11 times.
During Hill’s trial for the Handspike’s murder, a Lee C.I. correctional officer testified that at 5:10 a.m., he heard a loud noise emanating from the inmates’ sleeping quarters in Wing C. Upon entering the wing to investigate, the officer witnessed Hill bludgeoning the victim, who was lying in his bed. The officer quickly returned to his station, called for backup, and opened the security gate to allow other officers to enter and assist. He then returned to the scene and saw that Hill had ceased beating the victim. The officer demanded that Hill surrender his weapon, and Hill complied handing over the board he had used in the beating.
A correctional officer and the other witness testified that the victim was attacked while he was sleeping, and that he was unable to defend himself. Witnesses testified the board used to murder the victim was a “2 x 6 that had been trimmed down to a leg,” and that the board had been a support for a sink in the bathroom of Wing C at the institution. In addition, there was testimony that several nails protruded from one end of the board.
In this case, I won’t cry any tears for the deceased Joe Handspike, who was also a murdering piece of shit.
But this case illustrates exactly why I support the death penalty (even for mentally challenged animals like Hill), rather than the “life without parole” that antis argue for. And that’s because sick animals like this will always be a danger to any person with whom they come into contact. This time it was a cell mate. Next time it might be guard, a prison nurse, or chaplain.
If you have a rabid, sick dog, you don’t just leave him chained up for the rest of its life in a fenced yard. You do the humane thing and put him down — for its own sake as well as the safety of others. Same goes for sick animals like Warren Hill.
As of yesterday, a state judge has declined to reconsider the case:
Judge Thomas Wilson on Monday 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.