Warren Lee Hill’s execution has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday by the Georgia Department of Corrections, one day before the warrant allowing for his execution expires.
Hill’s original execution was set for Monday, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan decided to postpone it and schedule a hearing on Thursday morning to give herself time to consider a new Georgia law that protects the identities of the makers and suppliers of lethal injection drugs.
It is extremely difficult for Georgia, along with many other states that continue to use the death penalty, to obtain lethal injection drugs from the mass manufacturers. Compounding pharmacies are often used because major manufacturers are under intense pressure from death penalty opponents.
On Thursday there will be a hearing to determine whether Hill’s lawyers can learn the identity of the pharmacy that made the drugs set to be used during the execution.
To protect the pharmacies from protests and public pressure, on July 1 a law went into effect that prevented the identities of those who make lethal injection drugs from being disclosed.
Hill was sentenced to death in 1991 for murdering an inmate at the prison where he was serving a life sentence for killing his girlfriend in 1986. If Hill is executed it will be the first time the state of Georgia has used a lethal drug made for a specific execution.
The warrant that allows for Hill’s execution is set to expire Saturday at noon.