Too Retarded To Be Executed But Not Enough to Murder

Let me first settle down anyone who is ready to rip me a new one the use of the word “retarded.” I do not mean it as an insult. It is an actual word in the English language which is defined by Webster’s as “less advanced, especially mentally, than is usual for one’s age.”

And a condition that is the THE focus of recent happenings in Georgia.

Warren Lee Hill Jr.The headlines are bursting with titles such as “Georgia to Execute Disabled Man,” “Execution Date Set for Mentally Retarded Inmate,” and “Georgia Set to Execute Inmate with IQ of 70.”

Blah, blah, blah.

In 1986, Warren Lee Hill, Jr. initially landed himself in prison after he murdered his 18-year-old girlfriend Myra Wright by shooting her eleven times. For so brutally taking a young girl’s life, Hill received a life sentence.

So 1990 rolls around and Hill is serving his sentence at the Lee Correctional Institution when he took a nail-studded 2 x 6 wooden board and began to beat fellow inmate Joseph Handspike as he lay sleeping. Other inmates who witnessed the event said Hill mocked the victim as he beat him to death by saying, “You ain’t bad! You ain’t bad now!”

Charged with murder, Hill returns to the Courtroom in 1991. During this trial, the defense hires a clinical psychologist who testifies Hill tested at an IQ of 77 – eight points higher than the upper scale of mild retardation requirements.

The jury sentences Warren Lee Hill, Jr. to death.

In 1993, Hill’s attorneys file an appeal but do not mention a mental retardation defense because, according to their own hired guns, there isn’t one. It is denied.

Now comes 1996 and Hill has a new set of attorneys who file an appeal claiming their client cannot be executed because he is mentally retarded. According to them, Hill scores only a 70 on IQ tests. One can only assume they failed to realize this was still one point above mental retardation requirements. Or maybe they believed it was close enough – who knows?

What they don’t mention in their pleadings to save a two-time killer’s life is that he was able to graduate high school and rose to the rank of Second Class Seaman during his enlistment in the Navy.

Not usually the accomplishments of someone so “retarded” they can’t tell wrong from right, in my opinion.

His attorneys continue their plea by claiming Hill never matured beyond the mentality of a sixth grader.

And there’s where it really sticks in my craw.

Don’t tell me sixth graders don’t understand killing is wrong. Even if they’ve been raised in a home full of serial killers, they are still are very likely to know murder is a no-no. To do it is a CHOICE to do wrong.

And why does a low IQ equate to not eligible for execution? I’ve know more than my fair share of truly ignorant (again, not an insult but used in the sense of the actual meaning of the word) people but they were good people. They understood the concept and consequences of bad behavior.

But in the case of Warren Hill, Jr., his (still) above “mild retardation” IQ wasn’t brought up until other appeal efforts failed. Additionally, it went down seven points. So, in other words, they’re dumbing down their client to save his life.

They’re just doing their jobs, so I’m not really ragging on the attorneys. I am, however, bitching at the people who believe it should be enough to spare him the death penalty.

Look, my opinion is not a popular one, but it’s mine nonetheless and here it is: Maybe Warren Lee Hill, Jr. is mentally challenged but not so much he couldn’t figure out a way to kill someone. Twice. He didn’t kill one person, he killed two. Should Georgia taxpayers really have to feed and shelter a killer just because he’ll probably never be a Harvard candidate?

Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of people who claim mental retardation as a means to avoid the ultimate punishment. Why couldn’t they be “challenged” in the area committing murder? I know several families who wishes that were the case.

Humans are animals although we’re a more evolved animal but I think we may have out-evolved ourselves to the point of creating our own headaches and burdens. If we were still of the four-legged kind, Warren Lee Hill, Jr. would have been killed by his herd or left to die; hence problem solved. But no, there are groups who want to keep this TWO TIME killer alive at the expense of a government who really can’t afford it using the excuse of “mental retardation” for which he doesn’t even meet the standards – making it an insult to all the people who truly suffer these challenges everyday and DON’T KILL!

Then there is this bit of France making an appeal for Hill’s life. Really? Aren’t you some of the same folks who nag about America minding it’s own business? Take your own advice!

As it stands, Warren Lee Hill, Jr. will be executed on July 23, 2012. All I can say is, good riddance and be damn happy you get to go out easy with lethal injection instead being gunned down or beaten to death like your victims.

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18 Responses to “Too Retarded To Be Executed But Not Enough to Murder”

  1. Lee Collings says:

    Thank you for providing some sanity to this issue. Sadly he got a stay, but not for the “retarded” claim…again thanks

  2. Gabriella says:

    I completely agree with you- ths guy isn’t a retard, he’s a liar and a theif. He stole those people’s lives in an immensely brutal manner. Why doesn’t he deserve to die?

    • Kim Cantrell says:

      I agree, Gabriella. This guy is a menace to society. The retardation defense is a self-serving attempt to gain sympathy and not die like his victims. Pathetic!

      • Cecilia R. says:

        Ms. Cantrell, please read my comment, but let me make a correction. My sister, who is in fact mentally retarded, her I.Q., is 69. As you read my comment, you will see that my sister IS NOT capable of committing crimes or any crime. If she were a victim, she would scream out in fear. It is stereotypying to use mental retardation as an excuse to escape execution! I, too, am sick and tired of mentally and capable able people claiming to be mentally retarded, when in fact, they aren’t! This low-life is a high school graduate and was in the navy. I know of no one mentally retarded and in the navy or the armed forces, for that matter. To graduate and receive a high school diploma, one has to attend a regular high school. My sister attended a special needs school geared to people like her and she doesn’t have a diploma, but a certificate of graduating from a school for special needs. My sister had to learn certain skills, commuting on public transportation/mass transit, by herself. She can no longer do these things, because she is partially paralyzed and wheelchair dependent. This P.O.S., on the other hand, knows what he is doing to keep from being executed for his crimes and I am hoping and praying that they are wise enough to see right through the facade and send him to the execution bed!

  3. Cecilia R. says:

    That’s a lot of bulls**t that this low-life is mentally retarded! This low-life wasn’t mentally retarded when he committed his crime, so why is he now mentally retarded!?
    He isn’t mentally retarded. He’s playing mind games with them and feeding them the line that he’s mentally retarded just to escape execution. I just hope and pray that the courts see right throught the facade and declares him fit to be executed! I have a mentally retarded younger sister and she is incapable of committing crimes of this nature or any crime. In fact, she would scream out in fear if she were a victim! My sister was diagnosed to be mentally retarded and her score is a 70! This savage’s I.Q., isn’t a 70 as he’s trying to lay on them. He is well educated, though not highly, but his I.Q. is higher than 70! Perhaps, 80, at best and that’s not mentally retarded! That’s normal!. This P.O.S., knows what he’s doing. To say that he’s mentally retarded is stereotyping those who really are mentally retarded, of which my younger sister is one!

  4. jay says:

    A christian nation that kills. What an irony

    • Juliana Ormsby says:

      “A Christian nation that kills. What an irony.” Jay wrote. In the Hebrew translation of the ten commandments, the fifth commandment is “Thou shalt not MURDER.”

      When someone murders another person, or in this case, two people, I believe that many Christians would agree that the death penalty is appropriate. I know that if someone murdered one of my family members, I would not want that criminal to live. Sometimes, the Old Testament “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” makes perfect sense.

      • Li'l Shtinkums says:

        Sure, we’ve all heard “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” — but I’m telling you it’s just plain wrong, you should never resist a bad person. If somebody goes upside your head, you should offer them the other side of your head to smack too. If somebody sues you and takes the shirt off your back, you should give them your coat to go with it. If somebody forces you to walk a mile, walk two.

        And sure, many Christians choose to take guidance from Old Testament rules instead of that hippie-dippy forgiveness stuff that came later. Probably the same Christians who didn’t recognize the preceding paragraph as the exact instructions Jesus gave in the Sermon on the Mount. (King James translates Matthew 5 in lovelier language than the slangy modern phrasing above.)

        Also: what kind of nutty system gives toothless folks a free pass to go around knocking out the teeth of anybody they want with zero risk of penalty?

        Also: no matter how you game the translation of commandment 5, Yahweh surely means to forbid any & all deliberate killing of humans by humans — He could have said, “Thou shalt not kill/MURDER, except for truly awful awful persons you kill by lethal injection in a state facility.” But He didn’t.

        (Tho the same deity does go on to give contradictory commands to various other folks at later points. Wild book.)

        • Li'l Shtinkums says:

          PS: Here’s how Jesus says it in Matthew 5:38-41 (KJV):

          “You have heard that it has been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, That you resist not evil; but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whoever shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two. …”

      • j. smith says:

        Juliana, the fifth commandment is as you state it, but there is no guidance as to who, when, where, how to deal with anyone who trasgresses that commandment. Do think that you are qualified to decide? Life without parole, with minimal comforts will suffice for me!

  5. Ken Leonard says:

    He rose all the way to Seaman Second Class, huh?

    You mean E-2? The rate currently known as Seaman Apprentice?

    He never actually made Seaman?

    That actually does sound like someone with a legitimate mental deficiency.

    Being graduated from a Georgia high school also doesn’t prove a lot, considering that keeping him in school would mean being responsible for caring for a special needs student. It’s a lot easier, and a common practice, to move ‘em along and try to make them someone else’s problem.

  6. French says:

    “Then there is this bit of France making an appeal for Hill’s life. Really? Aren’t you some of the same folks who nag about America minding it’s own business? Take your own advice!”

    Please make a distinction between the actions of our crazy french liberal government and the average folks who wouldn’t mind at all if a rabid killer got his just retribution. Thanks.

    • Kim Cantrell says:

      You’re right, French. I apologize. I hate it when others lump Americans together with generalities and I turned around and did the same. Thanks for pointing out my hypocrisy.

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