A judge has granted death row inmate Warren Lee Hill an injunction halting his execution, and attorneys for the state say they plan to appeal the injunction in state Supreme Court.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Gail Tusan issued the injunction Thursday afternoon. Hill's attorneys were in court arguing the constitutionality of a law prohibiting the release of information on where Georgia gets its supply of a lethal injection drug.
The state's attorneys have argued the law is designed to discourage retaliation against those who participate in executions and is constitutional.
Tusan extended the stay so more hearings and briefings could be held, but stopped short of saying the law is unconstitutional.
Hill's attorneys also appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing he shouldn't be executed because he's mentally disabled.
On Friday July 26, 2013 the Georgia Supreme Court received the state attorney general's application to appeal Judge Tusan's ruling in the Warren Lee Hill drug issue case. The court will decide sometime in the coming weeks whether it will hear an appeal in the matter.