Georgia, the first US state to pass a law prohibiting the execution of mentally disabled death-row inmates, is revisiting a requirement for defendants to prove the disability beyond a reasonable doubt - the strictest burden of proof in the nation.
A state house committee is holding an out-of-session meeting on Thursday to seek input from the public.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of the case of Warren Lee Hill, who was sentenced to die for the 1990 beating death of fellow inmate Joseph Handspike, who was bludgeoned with a nail-studded board as he slept. At the time, Hill was already serving a life sentence for the 1986 slaying of his girlfriend, Myra Wright, who was shot 11 times.
Hill's lawyers have long maintained he is mentally disabled and therefore should not be executed. The state has consistently argued that his lawyers have failed to prove his mental disability beyond a reasonable doubt.
Hill has come within hours of execution on several occasions, most recently in July.