February 18th, 2013
04:15 PM ET

Killing Warren Hill

By Libby Lewis, CNN

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UPDATE: Twice-convicted killer Warren Lee Hill was granted final-hour stays of execution, his attorney said. For the full update click here.

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(CNN) - It’s funny how everyone shows up asking for mercy in the end - when mercy’s all that's left.

Now they’re asking for mercy for Warren Hill who’s scheduled to die tonight in Jackson, Georgia. Hill has been on death row since 1991 for murdering one of his cellmates in prison. He was there for murdering his ex-girlfriend in 1985.

Now, Warren Hill’s lawyers and a lot of other people are asking the state of Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court to spare Warren Hill because of his mental retardation.

Hundreds of people have joined that list, says Hill's lawyer, Brian Kammer with the Georgia Resource Center:

[:52] "Church parishioners. The special ed directors from where Mr. Hill went to school. The victim’s family. His teachers. Jimmy Carter and his wife."

The U.S. Supreme Court has banned executions of mildly mentally retarded people.

But Georgia’s standard for proving mental retardation is one of the toughest in the country.

Warren Hill grew up in rural Georgia with an IQ of 70.

His sister Peggy calls him Junior . She wrote an affidavit on her brother’s behalf – and said their mother and grandfather loved to beat Warren Hill on the head for being slow. Their mother used a cast iron lamp. The grandfather usually used a metal belt buckle.

[2:33] "He would shout 'You stupid retard!' Or 'You dumb-ass!' Junior wouldn't cry, though; he would just stand there and endure it. Junior was often beaten like this, by either Momma or Granddaddy, until he would lose consciousness. He would sleep for hours afterwards."

Eric Jacobson, who heads the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities says, unless the Supreme Court steps in, he thinks that Warren Hill will be executed.

[4:09] "What we’re doing is working with some Georgia legislators to make sure this doesn't happen again."

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  1. Brian

    I can't believe we're still executing people. What is this? The middle ages? Besides being grotesque and barbaric, our legal system is far from perfect and we have almost certainly executed innocent people.

    February 20, 2013 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • NClaw441

      We only execute people who murder others with premeditation and malice. Capital punishment is totally avoidable. Just don't commit first degree murder. Is that so hard?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
      • mike

        Wrong. We only execute people who exercise their constitutionally "guaranteed" right to a trial, instead of taking a plea deal. There are plenty of people who have committed premeditated murder but have plead down to a lesser charge in a deal to avoid the death penalty. We also have plenty of innocent people of taken the same plea because they didn't have the financial means to fight the charge whether they were innocent or not.

        The death penalty is an affront to a free society.

        February 20, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bottom Line

    He needs to die, like putting down an animal!

    February 20, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      He is NOT an animal, you asshole – he is as human as you are.

      February 20, 2013 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Flatsguide

        No, he's not. He's an animal. We will all be better off without him.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Steven Dollinger


        February 20, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
      • NotMyFault

        Mark, the difference between this human and the non-killing humans in the world is that we control the urges to kill stupid people....like people who believe a human that kills another deserves to continue breathing the same air I do.....

        February 20, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. running

    He didn't Die by the State " thank's be to God

    February 20, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • advocatusdiaboli

      Your "god"? So if "god" stay th execution, he is also responsible for the 2 murders then. What a sick being your "god" is and an accomplice to murder.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. someonewhoisboredandhastoreadcnn

    lets pay alot of money to execute this one man or wait lets pay alot of money to keep him in prison well now. Either way its a lose lose situation.

    February 20, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • running

      no it's not

      February 20, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Flatsguide

        I would rather have him executed. Cheaper in the long run, and 1 murdered less.

        February 20, 2013 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • NClaw441

      What is a fair price for justice?

      February 20, 2013 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    Where do you draw that line now? Sane or not, a killer is a killer...there is only one way to elimate that threat. No mercy, no prisoners. People who kill do not deserve either. Not here, not now. Not in my country. Second chance is for your god, not us.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      Hay Joe" spell God this way"""""" He didn't Die

      February 20, 2013 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
    • dannytop

      All killers need to die? What about troops. If killing is wrong why does the government keep finding people for us to kill and tells us its ok?

      February 20, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Volsocal

    He won. Yeah! A new American hero has been hatched by the unbiased media.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    We live in a flawed, but still structured society/ People like this guy do not live by the rules of it or even perhaps comprehend those rules. There is no place here on earth for people who cannot understand the value of someone's life. This man needed to die al long time ago.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamB19

      No, what this may and many others with handicap needed is protection. In a civilized society, we are supposed to protect the most vulnerable, including children and people disability (physical and mental). Putting this man to death is equivalent to killing a child. His IQ is equivalent to the mental capacity of an average 10 year old. He cannot be released into society free and clear obviously, but that doesn't mean he should be put to death. What kind of savage era are you from.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. ...

    [:52] "Church parishioners. The special ed directors from where Mr. Hill went to school. The victim’s family. His teachers. Jimmy Carter and his wife."

    Well, it seems like the only one left that wants to execute him is the system itself.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Wadase

      I am sorry for all your bleeding hearts. This man killed some one, he should pay for his SIN. You want to pay millions to take care of him for thee rest of his life. He has already killed a fellow inmate. I do not want my tax dollars to pay for these criminals.

      February 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • cosmicc

        I hate to bring up one of those pesky facts, but it costs far more to pursue the death penalty than to keep someone in prison for life.

        February 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
        • tom

          then what do you do when they kill again life again this guy was a a life sentence

          February 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • tom

        and why after years they decided this is always at the last minute what a joke

        February 19, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Truth1111

    So what the law is saying is that it is ok to murder someone if you have a 70 IQ? I understand he will remain in Jail but he still murdered someone. If we want deterrence, we need capital punishment.

    February 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • UnTruth

      Again and again it has been shown that the death penalty is NOT a deterrent. America has a much higher murder rate that most other western countries yet is the only country with the death penalty !!

      February 19, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • NClaw441

        Are you trying to suggest that our murder rate is high BECAUSE we have the death penalty? We don't know how many people are deterred by the knowledge that they may die if they commit first degree murder. I believe that there would be less crime if trial and punishment happened much sooner after the crime is committed.

        February 20, 2013 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. the issue

    Although I do not own a gun nor am I interested in owning one,, the issue is not gun control. We should be taking time to understanding the root cause. Here are various studies that prove where I believe we should focus. http://www.childrescuebill. org (omit space after period and before org)

    February 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Justin

    America, when will you stop treating your own like animals. The law says you don't execute the mentally handicapped. Why does it continue to happen over and over and over. Very sad.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • the issue

      vast majority on death row are mentally ill.. over 55% of women incarcerated and over 35% of males incarcerated were sexually abused as small children. Abused small children left to cope alone are at a high risk to developing a physical change in brain development. See the data at childrescuebill. org (omit spaces)

      February 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      there wasnt a law that was passed it was 9 people in robes passing laws

      February 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • SamB19

        It's called case law. The judicial system is supposed to do that.

        February 20, 2013 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Shamus

    Isn't it interesting that the same liberal d-bags that want to prevent law-abiding citizens from owning guns will allow a murderer back onto the streets to kill again. Liberals = Criminals

    February 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Nobody said release him, just do not execute him.Your ignorance is the problem here.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fubarack

    Toast him, he is already a repeat offender. The second guy would still be alive if they had aborted this guy years ago.

    February 19, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Greenspam

    Now all tea baggers get a free ticket to commit murders! Low IQ people won't be executed!

    February 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • walking with scissors

      I don't see what the problem is, he is just going to meet Jesus early!

      February 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David

    The Supreme Court made a ruling. Why is it some people hold up one ruling as an example of something that must be strictly followed, but another can be totally ignored? Shouldn't people (and States) respect all rulings, even if they disagree with them? Otherwise, why do we have a country? Maybe we would be better off having 50 counties?

    February 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grim Reaper

      maybe we should have 50 countries-the original intent for the federal government was for limited powers.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. edutron

    I guess Congress is off the hook!

    February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  17. scooter

    I love how stuff like this brings the latent KKK out in people.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Is IQ an indication of reasoning and decision making ability?

    Does IQ have that much of a bearing on competence to commit murder? The question is, did he understand the implications of the effects of his actions. That's what must be determined. Is having a lower IQ a valid measure of the ability to evaluate cause and effect relationships and make good decisions.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • centeredpiece

      Well whatever his IQ he was successful at murder not once, but twice.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jim

    I didn't know a low IQ made you a killer. Not sure why his low IQ is considered a defense of some kind.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • leiwie

      wow they can kill this guy but they wont kill the guy that shot up a cinema good job America

      February 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      If IQ doesn't make you a killer, then why don't we hear more about Phd on Phd violence?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • jim

        You clearly have never been in a tenure meeting.

        February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Huh?

        You mean like the Unabomer, Ted Kascynski?

        February 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
        • Mike

          The fact that you can bring 1 particular name up shows how rare it is and proves his point.

          February 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJM71

      The low IQ isn't a defense, it is a mitigating factor to consider when rendering the appropriate punishment. This man cerrtainly should never be released from jail, but his upbringing and low IQ, is a factor to consider when determining the appropriate punishment.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamB19

      you obviously missed the mark...
      No one said low IQ made someone a killer. The issue is what is cruel punishment when a capital crime is committed by someone with reduced mental capacity.

      February 20, 2013 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
      • NClaw441

        If the death penalty is not appropriate because a mentally ill person can't understand that what he has done is wrong, how is a prison sentence any more appropriate? Prison is punishment. How can we validly punish someone who didn't understand that he was doing something wrong by killing another?

        February 20, 2013 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  20. scooter

    If it was good enough for the Nazi's I guess it must be good enough for Georgia.

    February 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Nojabo

    How about some pictures of the victims with their families?

    February 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • walking with scissors

      No, that's just mean, they would have to dig them up.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • centeredpiece

      Because, sadly, they don't matter to the media. They never do.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Would like to remind you that the victims families were among those objecting to giving this man the death penalty.

      February 20, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  22. Rod C. Venger

    Well...the way to "make sure this doesn't happen again." is to execute him. That's the point of the death penalty. The real problem with the death penalty is the cost. These guys get so many appeals, and the lawyers are raking in so much money from them, that there's not only a conflict of interest on the part of the lawyers...the longer they drag it out, the more they make, all taxpayer dollars...but it makes the cost way above that of life time incarceration. The problem with life time incarceration is that there's no was to ensure with 100% certainty that some change in the law or some misguided clemency or pardon action will not free the prisoner. It's happened before and it will happen again...and theyn they will be free to kill again. That too has happened. I'm reminded of one case of rape/murder where after about 20 years in prison, one man was set free due to the efforts of the Innocence Project. DNA evidence proved that the guy in question did not rape the woman and the rape is what tied him to the murder. So he was released. The trouble is, the lack of DNA evidence in the rape did not actually exonerate him from the murder but since the two were tied together at the trial, the state had to drop it's objection to his release. He was freed and 5 years after, he killed (again?). What do we make of all that? I'm tired of the bleeding hearts costing us so much pain. They lie, they cheat, they use emotion instead of facts to perpetrate hoaxes upon us and laws are enacted that further endanger us as people as us as a society. Liberalism is the most destructive domestic force the US has had to endure in our history. Legalizing drugs, promoting homosexuality, reducing the face of religion in the public square, political correctness (while they insist on the widest latitude in free speech for themselves), amnesty for illegals, the disarming of law biding citizens, abortion as birth control, no voter ID checks...these are all liberal ideals. Killing the killers? Oh the horror of it all! If a killer cannot be held responsible for his actions, who can?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis)[1] is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality.[2] Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property.[3][4][5][6][7]

      I understand not agreeing with some of the policies but to call it the most destructive domestic force the US has had to endure in our history seems way over the top. Liberalism seems to be what the country was founded on and a rallying point against the British control.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pendy

        "free and fair elections" (Not. See Franken/Minnesota, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Florida 2012)
        civil rights (unless you're white)
        freedom of the press (unless you're conservative)
        freedom of religion (unless you're Christian)
        free trade (Not. Keystone, e.g.)
        private property. (not. Property Tax, Eminent Domain for private gain.)

        What you are describing is 19th Century liberalism, most closely related to 20th Century conservatism. (Individual freedom)
        20th Century Liberalism is most closely related to 19th Century Marxism. (Individual subjection to the State)

        February 19, 2013 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
        • cosmicc

          The freedom you seem to want is the freedom to impose your view on others.

          February 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
        • Mike

          You have got to be kidding me. Yeah, White Christians are so downtrodden in America. White people never get hired for jobs or are allowed to vote, and you can't find a church anywhere, huh? Have you lost your mind? Don't worry, it's under your sheet.

          February 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • walking with scissors

      Big wall of text...blah blah blah liberals...

      February 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      I'm reminded of one case of rape/murder where after about 20 years in prison, one man was set free due to the efforts of the Innocence Project. DNA evidence proved that the guy in question did not rape the woman and the rape is what tied him to the murder. So he was released. The trouble is, the lack of DNA evidence in the rape did not actually exonerate him from the murder but since the two were tied together at the trial, the state had to drop it's objection to his release. He was freed and 5 years after, he killed (again?).'

      If you are talking about Steven Avery then you are wrong on the details. He was not convicted of Rape and Murder.The case was a rape case and the DNA cleared him of it. There was no murder in that case.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martha Focker

      Well said.
      Problem with modern mentallity, NO BODY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS!!!
      The dictionary for excuses is volumes.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      i hope no body or person or any forman being or satin or what ever' took the time to read your ' what ever

      February 20, 2013 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
      • running

        all that typing' you should be the Pres"""'

        February 20, 2013 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
        • running

          rod had to rest his fingers

          February 20, 2013 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
  23. mork

    USA is awesome.. they kill mentally handicapped by execution.. Thats like one step above the Taliban! actually, Taliban might not kill a guy with 70 IQ...

    February 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • fut2zzk8

      like any of you know anything about the facts of this case. legal due process has been granted and he was found guilty. the penalty was assigned within the legal process and now, finally it will be administered. enjoy your 'poll of public opinion' but do a headcount tomorrow morning and you'll be one short.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        As someone who lives in Georgia, I find it humorous that you assume he got due process. If you mean there was a trial, i'm sure there was.

        February 19, 2013 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
        • NClaw441

          Mike, in this case, I don't think there is anyone who believes he did not kill the two victims. Or am I wrong?

          February 20, 2013 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      I think this guy should be executed. He committed 2 murders, he does not deserve a reprieve. Mentally disabled or not, he is a grown man who knows the difference between right and wrong.

      February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      First the Taliban IQ is 70 Second he MURDERED someone Obama sends drones to kill Taliban that have killed other
      Americans so whats the diffidence

      February 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • walking with scissors

        Diffidence...no, I would say he hasn't been diffident at all about it.

        February 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • gager

      He is not being executed because he has a 70 IQ. If it were, you would be in trouble.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthiness

      You're correct! the Taliban probably wouldn't kill him – they would fill his head with religious BS, strap a C4 vest on him and send him to the mall.

      February 20, 2013 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  24. Lou50

    Do it and move on the world has more people living on it now than has ever lived total. Next!

    February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Driver

      If you are going to say something at the very least make it factual. There are about 7 Billion people currently living right now whereas there are 106 billion people who have EVER been born. . If you want to make a bigoted comment about lessening the population because of their intellect maybe you should consider yourself for not fact checking and spewing nonsense.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kent

    Racists are intellectual weaklings and typically weaklings in other areas too.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Piano

      Yes, I heard they have tiny peens.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou50

      what does that have to do with a practiced killer? Would you like to have him live with you and you keep him out of trouble? you might call the Governor and suggest that.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • mork

        medication. it works.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • centeredpiece

      I suspect his victims were black, too, so aren't you the racist for not caring about them?

      February 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  26. dawghowz

    He's killed two already,want to give him a chance at three? One he killed while already in prison!

    February 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • wetz88

      I agree with the above comment. He may have a below average IQ but he has already killed two. What saddens me is when I look at many of the postings below and see just how ignorant they are. Such as "If executing people with a sub-70 IQ weren't allowed, pretty much everyone south of the Mason/Dixon line wouldn't be eligible to receive it". Warren Hill should get the penalty he deserves but too many people think like the before mentioned idiot.

      February 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ettina

      What chance? He's never getting out of jail. This isn't Arkham Asylum we're talking about – he's not going to escape. Especially not with an IQ of 70.

      February 19, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Will

    Too be fair, if executing people with a sub-70 IQ weren't allowed, pretty much everyone south of the Mason/Dixon line wouldn't be eligible to receive it.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      state killing people' is just as wrong ' as people killing people outside of protecting them selfs IQ has nothing to do with it"' put them in prison and throw away the Key"' if IQ is the Question' people should never get a Gun thru FBI Check" people lie all day long and still get a Gun thru FBI Check how can this be Stoped""""'

      February 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • walking with scissors

        Blah blah blah, pppphhhhbbt, blah blah, what what """"""""""""""""""""

        February 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rob

    G.W. Bush's IQ is 86, should't we try him for war crimes?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. futuradellnazione

    IQ of 70! In my fambly, he be a genius!

    February 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mona

    I truly believe if you kill someone the punishment should fit the crime. As for his relatives now is not the time you come forward and claim abuse. WTF was your problem back when he was younger and allowed this to happen.Don't give me your crap about , we were young. I am so tired of people abusing others and no one coming forward. For all we know his crazy family made him loose some of his sense by hitting him in the head. What is wrong with parents and grandparents beatings kids and giving them a wrong sense of direction. I sometimes wonder if you call a kid stupid over and over again they begin to believe they are stupid and don't learn anything. When it comes time to testing their test grades are low because of how he was brought up telling him he was stupid.

    February 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      State Killing people is wrong"' what if that person was Killed by the State' and did not do the Killing later on by DNA Or witness came Forward' :Hay you ' i killed he Didn't What now"

      February 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • walking with scissors

        "Word salad, word salad, yadda yadda, boo boo."

        February 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dustydog

      I am in total agreement with you.. Where is the help for the childern victimized, such as Warren Hill. Why is there neglect on this issue. Isn't the President preaching about saving the childern by disarming law abiding citizens? How does that make any sense at all? He has great speaking skills that lead people away from the facts and common sense as well. Why not concentrate on the bottom lines... Save children from abuse and murder? It is well known that abused/neglected childered are more likely to commit crimes. Check out the story from BBC News. There is a lot in this article about how people and our system are broken. Also, how words spoken by a gifted speaker can lead people away from truth and what is really important.. Intervention for Warren Hill when he was a child may have saved the lives of of three people, including his own. "AMERICA'S CHILD DEATH SHAME" . Search Bar and select Most Relevan First.. Why is this not worthy of headlines here in our great U.S.A. An older article but nothing has really changed enough.

      February 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • centeredpiece

        There is a huge problem with the child protective system in this country. We treat children as if they were their parents' property. If a dog bites once, he outta there, but we keep putting abused and neglected kids back with their abusers because they are related by blood. There is no family there, just torture and neglect. The first time a child is beaten or left alone for days, parental rights should be terminated and the child put up for adoption.

        February 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
        • dustydog

          The parents, using the term loosly, need to be held accountable for their actions. Instead they are rewarded by giving them their scape goaats/punching bags back. Why is this not a major concern? It does warrent MAJOR action. Unfortunately Warren's fate is probably sealed. But, there IS hope for other children in this country that are growing up believing that beatings and abuses are what life is all about...

          February 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Pancho Villa

    I think that we should defer to the people in charge of judicial review in Georgia to decide whether this particular man deserves the death penalty for his crimes. We've seen where there are instances where teens are tried as adults, because the DA feels it is warranted. There are other cases where the death penalty is sought after and others where it isn't. Each case is different.

    If we can agree that each case should be judged on its own merits, we should avoid generalizations that may not even apply in this case.

    To those of you who insist that he be granted a reprieve, I ask, "What are the options left to the State?" This man is obviously a threat to any cellmate. Wouldn't you agree that he is also a major threat to correctional officers? What if kills again, does Georgia simply extend his life sentence to life sentence times 3?

    February 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Michael

    Inject the killer, sorry I have no sympathy for the idiots who kill someone just to kill. Death row should be a maximum holding time of 1 year to verify evidence etc then off you go to the grave!

    February 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. riccismiles

    isnt his IQ the national average?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Only south of the Mason-Dixon line.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • pilot2011

        Snooki and the crew would agree with you.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • wahoo69

        I sense a touch of OCD with the Mason-Dixon line... You must have a disdain or fetish for Maryland, Delaware and/or Pennsylvania for some reason or how the line was drawn by Mason and Dixon or Lord Baltimore and the Penn's?

        February 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. BD

    I have no sympathy for this guy based on an IQ score of 70. On the scale of disabilities, a score of 70 is very lightly mentally disabled. This is a person that definitely has the ability to know right from wrong and with an IQ of 70, he should be able to survive on his own also. The fact that they are asking for mercy because he has a very mild disability is sick.

    As for you folks discounting the individual he murdered in prison, it had to be particularly brutal for them to give him the death penalty for it… The article implies that the murder of his girlfriend put him in prison but the murder of his cellmate put him on death row. I would assume something about this murder was particularly disturbing.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cj

      I am not against putting him to death because he is mentally challanged but I am against the dealt penalty in general.
      I am perfectly fine with this guy being taken out of general population and not being able to socialize with other prisoners.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kevin

        And tax payers taking care of him?
        Sorry, no.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • fut2zzk8

        then you pay to keep him alive (with your money, not mine)

        February 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • lee

      yeah, they said he drove sharp objects through a piece of wood and then pummeled a guy with it until he was unrecognizable

      February 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Is IQ an indication of reasoning and decision making ability?

      That's kind of scary actually. I don't like to brag about my IQ test result's but I don't feel all that smart really. I can make good grades and smash that silly IQ test but I have been known to make some bad choices. So what about the average or just below average. Are they wise enough to catch themselves in faulty logic and resoning or should they be psychologically evaluated for incompetence and sent to a mental institution instead?

      February 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  35. hillbilleter

    The guy had to pass a test to get into the military. It's not for people who cannot function in public.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  36. hillbilleter

    Hard to believe most of the people who get their "facts" on the South from movies can actually read this story. TV isn't real. Get away from your TVs and meet some real people. You'll be smarter for it. Or at least seem smarter.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo69

      Let em say what they want... Here's fact that cannot be denied or disputed though. The two most racially charged, divided and problematic cities in the US: LA and Boston. Where are they? Not in the South!

      February 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • pilot2011

        once again, good post.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • jack storrow

        really? i'm from boston, hispanic and have never been the victim of a racial obscenity, much less a cofrontation or a crime. i think you presume under false assumptions, as boston is one of the most racially diversed and tolerant cities in the country. it is also one of the most open-minded and the first state to legalize same sex marriage. i think you should research this statement a little further and will learn that your statement is inacurate.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          Go to Southie bar-crawling with some Black friends and some fellow Hispanic friends and post back...

          February 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          Yes, Southie! Anything with 'south' in the name tends to cater to the lowest common denominator. The hicks in Boston are too busy being hicks, though, to bother trying to outlaw gay marriage or contraceptives or cry loudly about having a darkie president. The deep south is for that, between bites of Chik-Fil-A.

          February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hike Muckabee

        LA and Boston are racially divided, so that makes the southern US less of an embarrassing crap fest? Not really. Nice try though! Not sure what's more super hip about your screen name – the 'wahoo' or the '69'. Keep it classy dude.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          UVa alum, "dude".

          February 19, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          Forgot to add... Wahoos, or Hoos for short, is an unofficial nickname for sports teams of the University of Virginia...

          February 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          Hike, it's a "redneck" southern school house that one of those New England Kennedy boys went to in case you did not know.

          February 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          No one cares. Especially after it took you 3 posts to do it.

          February 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          Yo Hike! I am from Pa by the way and was eatin a grinder... You know what that is? People got to eat!

          February 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Science!

    IQ of 70? How could they think about Georgia's most intelligent person!

    February 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Science!


      February 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • gtalum06


      That's all I've got... clearly being from Georgia, I'm a moron who didn't graduate from one of the top engineering schools in the country, which happens to be in this "dumb" state (Georgia Tech, heard of it? It may be above you...)

      February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • wahoo69

        Good post Ramblin' Wreck! On the ACC wagon here for Southern universities... Duke and UVa hold their own on in rankings for academics and law, both nationally and internationally.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Don Piano

        I guess you meant 'ass', but some of this newfangled tech is real hard to use.

        February 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  38. chchodh

    I like how they administer IQ tests while they are in prison. The only incentive is that if you do poorly you will live.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • klaus

      Having an IQ under 70, is by itself a good reason for executing someone, without the additional requirement of criminal wrongdoing. Think people! Think!

      February 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bull

        LOL. I'm thinking the exact same thing .

        February 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. AngryAmerican69

    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time~!

    February 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  40. chchodh

    So, since he can't identify patterns of shapes or do vocabulary analogies very well, he doesn't deserve to pay for his crimes?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Uri Nation

    Even Carl Childers knew right from wrong. Ummm Hmmm....

    February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Uri Nation

    I wonder what happened to Carl Childers?

    February 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doyle Hargraves

      He's living out in a little old shed that his Daddy built for him. Mmmm hmmm.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  43. palintwit

    Historians now say that the real reason the south lost the civil war is because generations of inbreeding resulted in large numbers of mentally challenged soldiers in the Confederate army. One has only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon line to observe toothless inbreds everywhere.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nuny

      You're an idiot...

      February 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • pilot2011

      your ignorance is truly remarkable. you obviously know that "inbred" is incredibly overused to try to insult southerners. but in fact, ohio and west virginia have the highest amount of real inbreds in the country. But you are very smart, so you already know that those two states are not Southern states...

      btw, Indiana has the highest amount of KKK members in the entire country. Pretty sure Indiana isn't a Southern state. But I'm sure your "historians" will tell you otherwise.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hike Muckabee

        Ok, fine, but then when your uncle-daddy told you to just ignore the webbed feet on your cousin-sister-wife, did you listen? Or do you just take her swimming and watch for gators?

        February 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
        • pilot2011

          dude, just quit...

          February 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
        • running

          do your self a great deal' lay down and Die" as in Yesterday nobody wants you' understand

          February 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
        • John

          You'd think with an IQ of 70 he'd have been elected Governor, or appointed King of Grits, or Banjomeister, or would hold some other important Southern Government position.

          February 19, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          Get a room, hillbillies!

          February 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Flatsguide

      You must be from the south, is your mom/wife from there also?

      February 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hike Muckabee

      Chewin' chaw and smackin' wimmins.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • palintwit

        Don't forget boinking their cousins while drinking Everclear from a mason jar.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          You had to be an alterboy... Under the cloth much?

          February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
        • Don Piano

          I thought alterboys were transgendered folks...did you mean altar boy?

          February 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
        • wahoo69

          @Don... Lol... Yep, meant altar. After time spent, he prob is "altered".

          February 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • running

        mommy's calling u

        February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ridiculous

      This is one of the stupidest comments I've ever seen.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • ridiculous

        ... because I'm new to the internet.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • hillbilleter

      Hmmm. Funny how these humorless examples of ignorance will highlight an individual commentor's inexperience with the world outside his TV.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • wahoo69

      Well, those "toothless inbreds" more or less had the edge on the battlefield on their northern brethren for the first three years of the war, due to the caliber of officers of the CSA. The US ultimately won due to having more: money (sucked from the south), manpower and logistics... Not because of IQ

      Also, don't make the terms "redneck" and "incest" as a Southern indigenous phenomena only. There are backwoods, redneck, incest practicing folk north of the Mason-Dixon (and west) then and now and even as I type this. Go west son, and you'll see plenty...

      Go read some unbiased books/information on the Civil War and educate yourself, the years leading up to it, the military side of it and the fall-out from it so you can get a better grip on part of our history, an ugly part of it.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  44. bluemalak

    He murdered his ex-girlfriend, low IQ apparently doesn't mean non-violent. Don't really care about the inmate. Just because someone is simple doesn't mean they're good. It's possible for mentally challenged people to be evil.

    February 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      So? Just because someone is "evil" doesn't give the state to kill them, especially if they cannot appreciate the nature of their actions.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  45. palintwit

    Tea Party Patriots would love to lynch this guy from a light pole in Walmart's parking lot.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hike Muckabee

      But only once they could tear themselves away from the big sale on pork rinds.

      February 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • palintwit


        February 19, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • pilot2011

        and I'm sure you guys would like to give this guy as many swings as he'd like. I bet yall are the type that wants the last place team to receive trophies too.

        so what happens when you guys get splinters? what about a really scary thunderstorm?

        February 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          YALL bend over and get a few swings, maybe, make a right better man outta you.

          February 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick


        February 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      Well, if they get this worked through, your stupidity could save you from the chair too

      February 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Mitch

    Over 20 years of this? The US legal system is a joke, execute him.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      what if your Mother was about to Die"""people making fun' poking jokes"""""'Just sit there and watch the Blood come out from under the hat there use to keep the ball's form coming out of here Head'

      February 19, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hike Muckabee

        I would love to know what the hell you're on. And whether you're going to share.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
        • running

          yea' every body has to tell you what to do """comes from your mother

          February 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  47. WMesser58

    Ah, I could forgive killing a cell mate because they probably provoked it but, his girl friend sorry all sympathy ends there.

    Mentally challenged people aren't necessarily violent so, to excuse two murders "NO"

    February 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  48. svann

    If a person is mentally unfit to be responsible for his actions then he should not be allowed out in the first place.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      "allowed out"??? What do you mean by that?? Where the heck are people with mental health issued "supposed to be" in your world?? They closed all the mental institutions long ago. Families are left to fend for themselves if they have a family member who's suffering from mental illness. Such a closed minded statement on your part.....

      February 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  49. ArchieDeBunker

    Well, to be fair, we can't execute all the people who voted for Obama, so if he's only got an IQ of 70 let him go and there'll be one more deluded voter.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      Don't look now Cletus but someone is trying to hotwire your tractor.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • pilot2011

        I'd love to see you even start a tractor.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          Shame, bringing out all your kinky fantasies on a public website like this.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      Wow.. such a sophisticated and intelligent comment. Troll. Grow up.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jack 63

    Should keep him in prison and send him fresh cellmates. It would really cut down on the costs there.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. agnar150

    How can a man with an IQ of 70 be dangerous?

    February 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      You want to ask the two victims that?

      February 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      because he does not know what he is doing""""if it is proving that he has that IQ Dam he needs to be in State' to take care of him" if it was your mother or daddy or what ever' it would be differant would't it"' Hell yea it would""""'

      February 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hike Muckabee

        It seems you may actually be running while you're typing.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
        • running

          at least i know what i'am doing""""

          February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          Did you really just type i'am? And then end with a flourish of """"""""""""""?

          February 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
        • Patrick

          he thinks the spacebar is an apostrophe because of the grits on his keyboard

          February 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  52. sam

    The problem here is that 70 is considered kind of high in GA.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • pilot2011

      thats funny sam. I feel like that hasn't been said before. you must live in a state where only brilliant folks like yourself reside.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        Yes, thank goodness. It's nice to live somewhere where no one has to paddle faster when they hear banjoes.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
        • pilot2011

          you mis-spelled banjos. but you probably just did that in irony. you're a comic sam

          February 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • DJ

        Us enjoying the 69 mentality ain't out creating capitol crime......we're staying one point below 70 and having fun at it....

        February 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      I couldn't agree with you more, Sam!! What amazes me is that for decades the southern states have consistently shown just how backwards, ignorant, racist, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-equal rights, anti-environment, anti-science, and all together regressive they are – and then act all insulted when the rest of the country calls them out for their actions/beliefs. If the shoe fits, wear it! And Georgia - your reputation precedes you (and not in a good way!)

      February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • pilot2011

        well tell all your friends and relatives to quit moving here. obviously they see something in us that you don't... oh thats right, because you've never been here you'll just rely on the stereotypical nonsense that people like you use to justify your ignorance on southern people and culture.

        February 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          They come for the tractor pulls...and stay in hopes of being treated like hell unless they're white, male and xtian.

          February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      Hell"""" you got that IQ???????? sounds like it

      February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hike Muckabee

        """""""""" YOU STILL RUNNIN AND TYPIN, SON???????????

        February 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
        • running

          God knows who you r and what you r doing and what you r thinking"' mommy's calling u

          February 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          God does know. As a matter of fact, he asked me to mention to you that your meds are overdue, and that whoever taught you english is going to be cast straight into hell for letting you on the internet.

          February 19, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  53. chubby

    Good Get rid of him before he makes any copy's

    February 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Sylar75

    The article should read "Smartest Man in Georgia to be executed".

    February 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • pilot2011

      tell us where you come from and i'll make you wish you never said it.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        Ooh, look everyone! It's an Internet Tough Guy from the south! What are you going to do – gnaw on him with one of your good teeth?

        February 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
        • pilot2011

          no I was just going to tell him a negative stereotype about the state he lives in.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • DJ

        not another keyboard hero using a public library to make threats......

        February 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
        • pilot2011

          and I bet you are in a starbucks right now.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          Starbucks...shit, that was such a burn. I need to remember that one. Need an ice pack after that.

          February 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      your next

      February 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Iam1bmf

    Kill him and his relatives

    February 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      What have his relitives done that deserve the death penalty?

      February 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Corey

    Kill 'em

    February 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  57. bibleverse1

    If the families of the victims want to take care of him then I say let him go.

    February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  58. John-117

    If I was on death row, I would purposely fudge my IQ test to make me look mentally challenged too.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • freeme10

      Do we know when the IQ test was taken? If he showed signs in elementary school, it is likely that he would have been tested. Also, the abusive language used by the family members that beat him would indicate to me that there was some indication of his mental condition as a young person.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • GOD of all GODS

        Yeah , his sister would never lie about his childhood to get him a stay of execution

        February 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      From what I just read, posted by you,,,,,sounds like you have perfected the way to bleed the working class dry. Act stupid and gain the reward of FREE room, FREE board, FREE shelter, and FREE medical care. All this while I still work, but to be candid......I'm looking to find another country to become a citizen of and contribute to THAT country....Most of us want to be out of where our earnings are being taken by those, like YOU, who thinks AMERICA OWES YOU A LIVING. Totally insane!

      February 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngryAmerican69

        Well DJ, just what is holding you? "Most" of you keep talking about leaving but never go! Personally I would be glad to see people like those you spoke of and those in your most find a place where you can whine and complain about each other till the cows come home. This great country is being ravaged, rights being taken, lives being lost and this is what you find to complain about. This is America and like it or not we are our brother's keeper! If you can take care of France,Israel and any other foreign country but not your own people. So great bail out! You got your hat get your coat!

        February 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
        • NotMyFault

          Actually, if we did move to another country, all the welfare you are living on would dry up, because we would not be paying into it...so know your role and shut the hell up.....anyone living on welfare that is NOT TRYING to better themselves is a scourge on this country. They are the reason we have so many problems now.....they all believe that this country owes them something...yet they have DONE NOTHING to support this country.....the sad part is most of this scourge could join the military and make something out of themselves, but that would require some of them to actually work, and that just CAN"T happen......GOD FORBID YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY DO SOME WORK

          February 20, 2013 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • webb

      By the sound of it, you wouldn't even have to fudge the test genius.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Shuffler

    How about we move him in with his supporters till they are thinned out. Stupid bleeding heart idiots. They are a threat to society.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Gol durn libruls!!11!! yuk yuk

      February 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughingsalmon

      He would obviously NOT move in with you. Your's is the smartest response of the day!

      February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Remove him from the Gene Pool

    This guy has murdered several times and he is a threat to society and even a threat to the other inmates in prison... He needs to be removed from the Gene Pool before he kills again and it will happen. It is not a matter of "if", it is only a matter of "when"...

    February 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Oh come on, it was only twice, and the one in prison barely counts.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • webb

      Hmm you don't have to execute someone to remove them from the gene pool. Also, Gene Pool ? I think I went to grade school with him. I'll see myself out...

      February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Robert

    My views on capital punishment were formed to a large degree by reading Truman Capote's 'In Cold Blood'. Capote opposed the death penalty, but I disagreed. Smith and Hickok got what they gave. They had no complaint. Don't hang the innocent is all I say.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Derek

    Giving this guy the death penalty is just society's way of beating him over the head with an iron. I'm sure his parents in their own desperate, frustrated, brutal way, thought his child abuse was a solution to the problem. Maybe he was violent and they solved violence with violence. A lot of the pro death penalty proponents seem to think there's some sort of vindication to be achieved or justice in killing him, but in reality, his life story is just a tragedy. Killing this boogie man doesn't stop the fact that thousands of new boogie men are being created every day. It's not going to bring back the girl killed in 1985 and there's not any mention of what were the circumstances behind the dead cell mate. If anything, guys like this are perfect for long term case studies in mental institutions, maybe there's something to be learned about brain damage and violent tendencies and possibly lives to be saved. All we have to do is accept that this poor sack of crap gets to watch tv and eat jail food for a lifetime, which contrary to some of your opinions, is not really a luxury.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKMay

      Right on Derek, I couldn't agree more.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • ALM1966

      Momma and Granddaddy ought to be punished too...but it is probably too late. Sadly, there is no hope of rehabilitating this lost soul. He probably knows right from wrong, but is so accustomed to being beaten down that punishment really makes little difference to him. Actually, being able to eat taxpayer-supplied well balanced meals for free and spend his time watching the idiot box is likely a dream for him. Compared to his childhood it is nirvana. That said...why don't those of you that want to spare him bring him into your homes, with your loved ones and children, and at your expense. I will even provide the bus ticket.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      "It’s funny how everyone shows up asking for mercy in the end – when mercy’s all that's left."
      It's terrible that a ruthless murdering individual that took two lives is now asking for that which he did not offer his victims – mercy. It's even worse that people are signing petitions to save a merciless murdering monster.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of all GODS

      why is it tht you believe his sister...for all we know he had a great childhood and she is lying

      February 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Daniel

    He should been executed years ago. Now they are just making excuses.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  64. palintwit

    With an IQ of 70 this fellow is qualified to co-manage the tea party with Sarah Palin except that he's not white.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • pilot2011

      you spend all day commenting palintwit? you sound like a real winner. btw, don't come south you pos.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Robert

        I live in the South. Born and raised rat cheer in North Florida. And he's right about Tundra Gidget.

        February 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
        • sam

          Tundra Gidget? Ok, that's one I hadn't heard yet. It's my new favorite, though.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • molosar

        I wouldn't want to come south. Seems the south is filled with racist, homophobic, gun toting, hateful Christians that are allowed to marry their cousins and get a charge out of death. Especially those with darker skin than theirs.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        You best hurry up, you gon be late to your job at chik-fil-a.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • SanDiego

        Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, etc. are the shame of the USA for their racism, bigotry, ignorance, current slavery, poor schools, etc. They finally freed the black slaves but never gave them a chance to prosper.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
        • GOD of all GODS

          you are on drugs
          and you are not sharing

          February 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
        • pilot2011

          we have a backbone. you pussies need to wake up and grow a pair at some point. your wives and girlfriends deserve real men.

          btw, do us a favor and quit transplanting here. so many of you weak little people are moving here. I thought New York and California were the intellectual and social powerhouses? stay where you at you fake ass losers.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
        • Hike Muckabee

          By 'backbone' he means "CHEWIN CHAW AND SMACKIN THEM WIMMINS AROUND".

          February 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sashatree

      Hahahahhaaa...... Couldn't agree with you more!

      February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  65. nonbiased

    Eye for an eye or turn the other cheek. You can't turn the other cheek, but saying killing is wrong and then kill to prove it isn't right either. Not killing is what makes us better than them, as soon as we kill them we move a notch or two down to their level. Plus in America as in other countries with the death penalty you end up killing people that were not guilty. To support the death penalty you have to accept the fact that an extremely small percentage will be put to death for a crime they did not commit, DNA doesn't help with convictions on circumstantial evidence only. I don't know, maybe find an island with resources that can sustain life, push them out of a plane and let them survive or die by their own abilities and actions.

    February 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Chris

    Libs and their obession for monsters makes me lol. Libs are down with killing in the womb, but don't you dare kill a convicted monster. Love it

    February 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Agree 100% with your comment.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki d

      A spot on comment!

      February 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I'm a lib and I have no problem with executing brutal murderers. Just be sure they're guilty is all I ask. You cons don't seem to care about innocence or guilt if the accused is Black. And yeah, I'm Pro Choice.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      Nothing is getting killed "in the womb". Its a collection of cells, nothing more.
      People are people.

      What gets me is that you ACKNOWLEDGE he is human, and still want to kill him.

      Libs at least argue fetuses are not people.

      You have no argument, hypocrite.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • JohnConnor

        "It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!"

        "It's a pizza the second you put your hand in the dough!"

        February 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
        • Appleseed

          Actually dough is dough. It's nothing until it's done. If Pizza Hut delivered a pie to you uncooked, you'd ask for your money back and want a new finished pizza. When you force people to have children they don't want, you end up with poor people like this guy who got beat mercilessly by the ones who are supposed to protect him. No life is better than a life with no quality. I am pro-choice and pro-death penalty. The punishment should fit the crime.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        The death penalty is just a very, very late-term abortion.

        February 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • a_guy

      One would think someone like you would be dead set against executing the mentally handicapped, as it's obvious from your post that you're working with a broken brain. Stop parroting others' stupid, easily rebuffed arguments and try to come up with your own.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      With proper help along the way, this man could have had a productive life. But he obviously comes from an abusive environment. He needed a way out, and didn't get it. By the way, concerning other posts here, conservatives are all about the unborn–"If you're pre-born you're good to go, if you're pre-K, you're [screwed]." –George Carlin.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Herpa derp,oh dem libruls, yuk yuk!!

      February 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • molosar

      Yep Chris, lets make that 14yo girl who was gang raped carry that child to term. Believe me the female body does not have a way to "turn that off" as your friend Todd Akin says. What if that was your daughter in that situation and you were told she couldn't have an abortion. I bet you would be mad as a hornet.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. mary

    It actually cost more to sentence someone to death because of the 20 year appeal process cost taxpayers millions, so if the argument is the cost then sentence them to life and get over it.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John S.

      What if the argument has nothing to do with how much it costs?

      February 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Ralph

    It's Leroy Gump!

    February 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  69. intol

    HIs mother and grandfather should be executed too! They need to be punished-the abuser always wins.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKMay

      Agreed his mother and grandfather are the real criminals here. Evil evil people... they robbed this man who was a child at the time of love, nurturing, trust and all of the things a child needs to have a foundation and become a contributing member of society. He didn't stand a chance.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • John S.

        Many people are abused as children, but don't go around murdering people when they get older.

        February 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
        • ???????

          Maybe the difference was all the blows to the head . . . . .I'm just saying.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
        • JKMay

          That is quite true, but this one did and those are the facts. The fact that he was repeatedly beaten over the head as a child until he slept for hours... is not only of relevent it needs to be considered... and we as humans should be able to show mercy to a person that was never shown love or mercy as a child when it mattered the most.

          February 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. JKMay

    this brought tears to my eyes reading it. this man was abused so horrifically as a young child, that he no doubt suffered more brain damage than he was born with. He didn't learn to process or act as a "normal" person does... how could he? Yes he murdered two people and he should be punished in a way that is fit. He is human and was treated in the most evil way in his formative years how could he expect to be a member of society and punished like those who have their wits about them...

    This pains me and as a mother of a young child it breaks my heart for the boy this man once was. I hope there is mercy somewhere in this life for him or in his afterlife.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well, he can't be all that developmentally "disadvantaged", he certainly appears to have learned how to murder AND breed. "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time" – really how hard is that to understand? This thug should have been quick fried to a crackly crisp long long ago.

      Flippin li b ta rds i wish he lived in your house.

      February 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • JKMay

        Hey Mike,

        I am not a liberal in fact I am a conservative republican thank you very much. This man was mentally disabled, beaten severely as a child and did not learn... in fact could not learn how to live as a productive member of society. I do believe in justice for those who commit crimes but he never had a chance and should have been institionalized and as someone after men mentioned would be a good candidate for a study on the link between brain trauma and abuse and violence. He was never given a chance as a human my heart just breaks for him.

        Oh and yes I am pro-life and pro death penalty but just not for mentally disabled people, which he clearly is.

        February 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
        • rlm6769

          I have worked in corrections since 1995. Sadly, many incarcerated individuals come from highly abusive homes. Mr. Hill, when made angry, will commit murder. I read that he shot his 18 yr. old girlfriend 11 times. 11 times…let that sink in for a minute. The inmate he murdered was also a murderer (not that it matters). That inmate was attacked by Mr. Hill with a nail-studded board and he was attacked while he slept so he didn’t get the chance to defend himself. Attacked while he slept….let that sink in for a minute, too. Any people that come in contact with Mr. Hill are in mortal danger it appears. Mr. Hill seems too dangerous to be shown any mercy. Anyone else feel it is odd that the OVERKILL aspect of his crimes and the names of his victims are ignored in this article?

          February 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Neisha

        Where does the story mention that he has children? The caption clearly states that is his sister and nephew. You should have been held back in school a long time ago, because you can't read

        February 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of all GODS

      where do you get that he was beaten over the head as FACTS...that is nothing more than hearsay from his relative (sister).
      do you not think she would lie to keep him from death...are you that naive

      February 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Bill

    I'm from Canada and won't question what Americans do in their own country. But I do question whether or not you are civilized.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheetahe

      Do you call a society that allows brutal killers to live on government expense for ever civilized?

      February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • saintstryfe

        Yes. Because the alternative is barbaric. And that's what we are: a nation of barbarians.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. Butters

        While this doesn't apply here, that fact that even a single innocent person has been executed means the system should shut down? Have the government pay for keeping them alive? Good, that's how you can start repaying society for executing innocent people, to make sure it doesn't happen again.

        And just for laughs. It's been wildly reported that executions cost far more in the long run due to repeated appeals. Guess where that money comes from. Not to mention it clogs up the system even more.

        February 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sashatree

        Yes. It is the definition of being civilized. Oh, and "christian", too! "Thou shall not kill." Sound familiar?

        February 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
        • Pendy

          Original Bible does NOT say thou shall not kill. It says thou shall not murder.

          February 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morty

      This coming from a person who lives in a country that still openly represses its native American population. Why don't you shut your syrup hole until you have something less ignorant to say. Where would your weak ass country be if it weren't for the constant supply of U.S. Military protection and cash? Show some respect for the country that takes care of you. You ungrateful Jerk!

      February 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • morgan

        The US oppresses the native population, too. Don't kid yourself into thinking that you're superior.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sashatree

        Morty, you are incredibly rude and not very intelligent! The US has given ZERO DOLLARS IN MILITARY AID TO CANADA FOR YEARS!!! In fact, of the 120 or so countries we give or have given military aid to, Canada is 92nd on that list in overall support since 1946! The USA has only given Canada a TOTAL OF $81,662,213 SINCE 1946!!! So, you should EDUCATE YOURSELF before spewing off half a$$ed comments that infer that Canada is beholden to our military and that we are giving them buckets of military aid and money. SIMPLY LIES! And, to the other poster's point, THE UNITED STATES HAS, BY FAR, THE WORST GLOBAL REPUTATION FOR ABUSING FIRST NATION'S PEOPLES!!!

        February 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Sal

    He has an IQ of 70? Well if I was about to be executed I can act like I only have an IQ of 70 or even lower! 

    February 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKMay

      this man was beaten as a child so severely as a child that "he slept for hours" after. This is brain trauma, just as you would see with shaken baby syndrome. It is a wonder he survived. too bad we couldn't charge his mother and grandfather for abuse. There is a cycle here and although he murdered two people, we are human and should be able to show mercy.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. missy

    This is so sad. May he find peace in the afterlife.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  74. sss

    I guess its time to pay up...

    February 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  75. GMoony

    If his IQ prevents him from knowing right from wrong what is he even doing in prison?
    He should be let out free back on the streets Afterall the little skamp didnt know what he was doing. Twice!

    February 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • saintstryfe

      Isn't that always the way with conservatives? Push the argument to Reductio ad absurdum and then act smug. No, he should be locked up. He is a danger. But no one, NO ONE, deserves to be killed by the state. Because the state is too frequently wrong.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • GMoony

        and its the liberal way to assuage yourself by believing that OTHERs should do what you feel is right to make yourself feel better. By making half baked decisions based on your feel good ideas that dont solve anything except your own guilty for being alive conscience.

        Is he capable of knowing rightt or wrong? Yes oe no? f you say yes then he shouldnt even be locked up, if you say Yes then he deserve the death sentence

        Also, would you feel the same way if the murdered was your family?

        February 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  76. NotYoDaddy

    It is ridiculous that he was still alive to kill his cell mate after the first murder that he committed.

    We need to start executing these animals within 24 hours of conviction.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • boraxo

      And when we find out someone was wrongly convicted? Due process, its in the Constotution. If you don't like it, move to a country that doesn't have such guaranteed protections of civil liberties. I hear Somalia is nice this time of year.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • PhilPoindexter

        God will sort them out.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Jess T

    It's very simple. Up until the month of the scheduled date, nobody had any political newsworthy reason to fight it. Now they do because it's coming down to the wire. If the law firm wins, voila, their sales (yes sales. people pay them for a service) increase due to publicity. Politicians have an added incentive to either fight against future death penalties, or for it if the guy's sudden supporters who didn't exist before fail to save him.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  78. hippysuperstar

    Sounds like they might be executing the smartest man in Georgia.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Gigi

    This man is mentally challenge but his IQ of 70 does not prohibit him of knowing right from wrong. To be honest I"m not pro anything. However I can understand the victim's family wanting him to be put to death. Why should he live when two others never had the chance to. Maybe the problem that people should think about is why did this man do this in the first place, what led him to this. Society is raising children who are bred for violence and a sense of etitlement. Time to change.

    February 19, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Darh Jedi

    Murder is murder. Execute the worthless SOB and stop wasting tax dollars keeping him jailed.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  81. Publius Jr

    It's not killing, it's executing a killer

    February 19, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  82. palintwit

    It's no wonder he's on death row. The judge and jury are all inbred teabillies.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • pilot2011

      its easy to just blame "inbreds". you are ignorant.

      how do you like it that I call you ignorant? Does that make you real mad? I hope so. Don't come South you ignorant pos.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • palintwit

        Get back in your trailer, pilot. Nascar's on.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Amy

    I have taught many students who had IQs lower than 70. They all knew right from wrong. I don't see why his IQ is so relevant.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • JKMay

      Amy I think the point that we should take away here is that this man was beaten so horribly as a young child that whatever is low IQ may have been it was surely worsened when he was beaten with iron over his head and then "sleep for hours" after... this is brain swelling and children who suffer traumatic brain injury such as this would typically die. Its amazing that he is alive. He was shown no mercy and love as a child and from there could not learn right and wrong. He murdered yes but should not be in the prison system he should be in a mental institution or something such as that, clearly the abuse he suffered as a child made it so he could not become a normal member of society. He deserves mercy.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Pro Death

    Murder is murder unless you're rich or connected.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  85. skyeos

    it is the duty of the state to enact justice.
    you people who are against the death penalty, consider what you would think if this man had murdered your mother, father, daughter, son, friend, etc. would you still want to pay for him to have 3 meals a day and cable tv? would you want your time and money to go in to his support? There is an ugly side to life, not everything is happy and sunny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheshire,_Connecticut,_home_invasion_murders - do you think these men should live out their lives in prison? they raped and murdered helpless women and children. should they be allowed to live? When will you people wake up and realize that everything is not free, happy, or perfect? A balance must be reached – for those who commit the ultimate evils in this world, they should be executed. There is no place to hide from evil, but running away from the duty of justice is just as bad as the evil committed.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • blindbear

      We'll make a deal with all you who don't believe in the death penalty. Let them all out of prison and off of death row if you'll allow them to move into a halfway house next to yours. What, no takers?

      February 19, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      I could not have said it better myself!!!

      February 19, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • PhilPoindexter

      Seems Jimmy Carter loves all these poster children and feels we should spare them all. I say he can adopt the POS and take him in.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  86. WVLady63

    Because this convicted murderer is black, he wants mercy. What about the people he murdered, did he show them mercy??? NO! Murderers do NOT show mercy but they expect it at their deaths. This guy deserves to be fried for what he has done. For those of you who do not believe in capital punishment, why don't you ask the families of the people this guy has murdered or better still, try and think what you would do if he had murdered your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, your Mother or your Father??? Yes, I thought so.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • yang

      you obviously didn't read the article, but felt entitled to spout your venom anyway. people are asking for mercy for this man because he is intellectually challenged, with an iq of 70. the family of one of his victims is also calling for mercy. while i personally believe that warehousing murderers for life is potentially cruel and certainly more expensive than is warranted, your vitriol and rage certainly do less to make this world a positive place for anyone.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • canehim

        "intellectually challenged" well politically correct or not, this person is not right in the head, he never will be as evidenced by his murdering someone he supposedly loved "his girlfriend" and then another prisoner. He may be "intellectually challenged" that doesn't mean tax payers should have to foot the bill for a man that would not be much good do society and probably more dependent upon it if he were given full pardon. Abuse, IQ scores should not matter when justice is involved. These families deserve justice, and so does he.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JKMay

      Did you read what happened to this man as a child? Clearly you didn't, or if you had, and you have a heart I don't believe you would be saying what you are. As a child this mean was beaten by his mother and grandfather with iron on his head for "being slow". The real animals were his mother and grandfather and it is sad that we couldn't charge and punish them because they are the real murderers. They killed this mans spirit, his ability to live a normal life and by virtue of that killed the two people that he murdered by teaching him that there was no love for him in this world. Shame on them and shame on you for your post.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  87. KarmaBurns

    How long has the Death Penalty been in effect? Millenia? And how is that working on stopping people from killing so far? MC or not this person should NEVER be allowed out of a facility ever. Seems he has a "hankerin" for killin' folk.

    February 19, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      The death penalty is effective, it will stop one murderer from killing again!
      This guy killed his Girlfriend, and a cellmate. He will kill again.
      Put him down.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Otto

        Statistically, the death penalty does not deter crime.

        February 19, 2013 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
        • Fluoric

          Statistics are irrelevant to a murderer. I agree, put him down.

          February 19, 2013 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
        • Tom

          When you kill a repeat murder there is a 100% chance he will not kill again.

          February 19, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
        • phearis

          Unless he's Freddy Krueger O_O
          Then he keeps killing in your dreams!

          February 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
        • Jackie

          Actually in order for the death penalty to be effective, individuals have to be executed more frequently.....so if we stop housing these murderers year after year and moved faster at the execution process.......statistically it would be effective.....

          February 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
        • Shamus

          Statistically, it reduces recidivism to 0%.

          February 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Elaine

    The Death Penalty in an abomination. Civilzed countries do not murder their own. Look at the other countries that have the death penalty – do we want to be them?

    February 19, 2013 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • skyeos

      so what would you have? let the guy rot in prison for the rest of his life? how is that justice? he robbed 2 people of their life, yet he gets to live. would you feel the same if it were someone you loved that this man killed. The death penalty is necessary. Whether you want to admit it or not someone sitting in prison for life is still a death sentence under control of the state.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoo pid

      Murder happens everyday in every country. So looks like nobody is civilized.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • martin

      Sorry, Elaine. Civilized countries _do_ murder their own, as evidenced by the murder rate in America.

      February 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  89. chris ruona

    Just one of many bad folks that needs to go down for their actions. Our justice system needs to have more bite in it about capital murders and these folks need execution within ten yrs period.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  90. canaduck

    Sometimes the best solution i believe is just to put these offenders into general population in jail, with no protective custody, prison justice usually takes care of its own and with a far less cost

    February 19, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • chris ruona

      That worked in Jeffery dahmers case.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  91. horsehead

    all these weak bleeding hearts that say this animal should be spared are sickening.....and the spineless fools who claim its cheaper to incarcerate for life so therefore its the more sensible way to go are flat out pathetic, no matter what the cost PUNISHMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY should be paramount above all else....he TOOK A LIFE and now he must pay with his own.........FRY HIM YESTERDAY.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • First World

      You're pretty much subhuman filth.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      Ooooh, Rambo behind the keyboard. We're all impressed by how rough and tough you are there.

      February 19, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Owl96

      Yes, he is an animal. His humanity was stolen from him by his mother and grandfather. Did one of those brutal beatings so damage him that he can no longer tell right from wrong? We cannot give him his huminity back, but we can avoid the ultimate humiliation. In my opinion, the only reason to keep the death penalty is that the most henoius crimes deserve the most complete punishment. This is one of those few exceptions where the one commiting the crime may not be at fault here, if he was so braind damaged that he cannot know right from wrong. Give this one the benifit of the doubt.

      February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Sheila

    What is prison for???? I have alway thought prison is for rehabilitation. If you are an individual who can not or will not be rehabilitated then you should be put to death. Why pay to keep someone in prison for life?

    February 19, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Why pay for them indeed. Prisoners should pay their own costs, for their supplies and their food, for their protection and their studies. They should work for an allowance which pays the full cost of their incarceration. If we had a working prison population of a million people earning a dollor or two an hour, not only could we compete with the Chinese for manufacturing but we'd also eliminate the need for many illegal immigrants who do the work everyone else is too proud to do.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • SentTheWave

      It costs more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life...
      And the argument isn't whether or not he's rehabilitated, it's whether or not he's mentally competent enough to understand his crime. The law says that if such is not the case, he can't be executed.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
      • Aaron

        Where are your facts that it's costs less to house a prisoner for life?

        February 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Stoo pid

        The cost of a one time injection of lethal drugs is cheaper the a liftetime of free medical care, food, housing, etc. You dont need any facts to back that up. Its beyond obvious.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • not stoopid

        Right here stoopid and Aaron


        February 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • PhilPoindexter

        That is propoganda that is costs less to execute instead of life. The dirtbag will die someday execution saves water, soap, toothpaste, toilet paper and heat and cool air.

        February 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of all GODS

      Hey Sheila
      get a grip on reality will you
      If prisons were only for rehablilitation then why would we need walls and fences around them

      Prisons are to keep the population free from criminals that have been convicted in a court of law

      Why would you waste money on rehabilitation of someone on death row...id id iot

      February 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  93. ww 2 vet

    70 I/Q shows he was a trouble maker in school and did not want to learn, he killed, now kill him, show no mercy.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Normal

      WW2 Vet. I must question your own IQ after reading your comment. Didn't you fight against the Nazis and their ideas? Your response sounds very much like what we'd expect from them. IQ is innate. It has nothing to do with how hard you try or whether you were a trouble maker. Maybe we should do away with old people since they are such a drag on society.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Caihlyn

      Does this mean you knew him personally in school? A person with a low IQ does not necessarily equate to a person who is a troublemaker nor a person who does not want to learn. I have no knowledge of the case or cases that he has been convicted of, so I do not claim to make any judgement regarding them...However, I can say that without evidence to support your claim, you have merely made assumptions based on your own ignorance.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • CitzenUS

      Your mother must be so proud....you are talking and acting like a barbaric simpleton. Just for one bloody second....put yourself in the shoes of the man who's about to be executed for being a victim of childhood abuse and for being BORN with severe learning disabilities. The problem....since the Reagan wave started.....out nation has been cutting and cutting any and all facilities that used to treat the mentally ill....and so by default, they get thrown in prison or live on the streets as a large segment of our homeless population.

      Societies are measured by how they care for the defenseless.....not how many other nations they invade or bomb or control. Rome learned that lesson. The British empire learned that lesson. The US has a lot to learn....especially Georgia!

      February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
      • GOD of all GODS

        where in this article did it say by any kind of a doctor that he was abused...his sister says that
        you are making him to be the victim
        what about the 2 he killed

        February 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • running

      Sates killing people ' is the same as people killing people"' we as a state or state's should not kill a Human Being"""It is prematated Murder"""" Plan and Simple""""" the so call people that are doing this will answer to a very Mad"""' God"""""'the one that created Human Man and Woman"""""""God in Heaven i am praying that some thing will happen God will do something"""""""Plane and Simple"""""""""""""Stop the States Killing"""""""""

      February 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Amy

    We are supposed to have standards for the death penalty, and this case doesn't meet them. Too many folks would rather spend more money by placing such people on death row when it would be cheaper to put him in for life. There are a lot of murderers who clearly should get death, but killing such a handicapped person is NOT justice.

    February 19, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregory Peck

      Fry him.

      February 19, 2013 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  95. Sophie

    The situation is this, the people in prison are not safe with him around, people in society are not safe with him around, the charges are for the murder of two people. Sad his mother and grandfather were not arrested for child abuse, but this does not give him the right to murder anyone. On the inside or outside. These are true words, may God have this mans's heart but the justice system will have his adz. Why? Because it's the "law".

    February 19, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  96. Ian

    I love how the "sanctity" of life to some people goes out the window the second youre born.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • IO

      This is why it's important to be careful when throwing around the term "pro-life". If you're pro-life you not only oppose abortion but also the death penalty, euthenasia both voluntary and involuntary, and are extremely critical of warfare no matter how necessary it might seem at the time (after all, one day all wars will be digital and no real people will die).

      February 19, 2013 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • BobRoss

      I'm not sure why people use this argument. Do you not see a qualitative difference between executing a convicted murdered and killing an innocent unborn child?
      How do you define murder? Most people would use moral guilt/innocence of the person killed as a major factor. Hard to be more innocent than a baby

      February 19, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  97. harmbringer


    is someone murdered by a "mentally challenged" person...

    any less dead?

    February 19, 2013 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  98. Cjmfresh

    Even if he is mentally challenged, he killed two people. No one should be able to overlook that.

    February 19, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • essmeier

      Funny how some people think that killing someone else will somehow make it better.

      February 19, 2013 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
      • nh

        it will not make it "better" but it will make me feel a hell of a lot better than to use tax dollars to let this guy sit in jail for the rest of his life

        February 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
        • oodie77

          It costs far more to put someone to death than to house them in prison for life. If your only concern is tax dollars, you should be against the death penalty.

          February 19, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
        • blindbear

          It only costs more to execute than to incarcerate because we allow endless, frivolous appeals. Give them one fair trial, one shot at a fair appeal, then fry the sonsofbeeches immediately.

          February 19, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
      • VA_Vet

        It doesn't "make it better", it simply recognizes that if you murder another Human Being, you must pay the price for that and that price is your life. It is not meant as a deterrent, it is not meant to help the family of the murdered victim, it is not meant to "make it better", it is simply, the punishment you receive for committing the crime of murder.

        February 19, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
      • Bigd

        It won't. But there has to be a price for someones actions. Why should we as taxpayers pay for him the rest of his life because society has gone soft and doesn't want to hold be people accountable. And yes, accountability can also mean death.

        February 19, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
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