Georgia

In accused priest killer's case, bishops urge mercy, reject death penalty

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Bishops call for state of Georgia to drop death penalty in case of accused priest killer: Steven J. Murray is accused of killing Fr. Rene Robert, a priest of the diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. District Attorney Ashley Wright said she would seek the death penalty against Murray despite pleas for a life sentence from the church and Robert himself.

Georgia parole board refuses clemency for death-row inmate with low IQ

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The State Board of Pardons and Parole in Georgia on Tuesday rejected pleas from Catholic and other death penalty opponents that death-row inmate Warren Lee Hill be given clemency because he has a low IQ.

His execution by lethal injection scheduled for that evening was to go forward as scheduled at the state prison in Jackson, unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervened. News reports said he had come within hours of execution three times before in recent years.

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