Warren Hill Update: Mentally disabled Ga. inmate's execution halted again

Warren Lee Hill is scheduled to be executed Feb. 19
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(CBS/AP) JACKSON, Ga.-- A judge has temporarily stayed a U.S. inmate's scheduled execution Monday, after attorneys raised questions involving the state's supply of execution drugs.

Warren Lee Hill, who was sentenced to death for the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, has twice before come within hours of death.

Authorities said Hill bludgeoned Handspike with a nail-studded board while his victim slept.

Previously planned executions were halted twice the past year by last-minute court orders.

Hill's lawyers have long argued that Hill is mentally disabled and therefore should not be put to death because the execution of mentally disabled offenders is prohibited by state law and a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

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A lawyer for Warren Lee Hill said the judge planned a hearing Thursday.