Thu. 11:59 a.m.: Appeal in Danny Lee Hill case rejected

Appeal in Hill case denied

WARREN – A federal appeals court has rejected a request by Ohio’s Attorney General to reconsider its ruling that overturns convicted murderer Danny Lee Hill’s death sentence.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals determined in February that Hill has an intellectual disability and should not be put to death for the brutal murder of Raymond Fife, 12, in September 1985. The court also determined Hill should be be resentenced.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins asked Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office to appeal the ruling, made by a small panel of the court, to the full court, which was denied.

Watkins has asked DeWine’s office to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. A decision is pending, according to a spokesman with DeWine’s office.

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