February 21, 2013

State high court considers request to stay execution

Associated Press

ATLANTA — The Georgia Supreme Court is weighing a request for a stay by a Georgia death row inmate whose execution is set for Thursday.

Lawyers for Andrew Cook and Warren Lee Hill, another inmate set for execution this week, had filed a joint legal challenge arguing the state is violating the law by using pentobarbital in executions without a prescription. The Georgia Court of Appeals stayed both executions to consider that challenge.

The state high court on Thursday issued an order saying it was taking the case back from the appeals court and would consider the requests for a delay.

Cook was convicted in the 1995 shooting deaths of two college students.

Hill’s execution has also been put on hold by federal courts on a separate issue.