Death penalty hearing scheduled for 1985 murder of Boy Scout

State News

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments later this year about whether an Ohio man should be executed for the torture, rape and murder of a 12-year-old Boy Scout.

Danny Lee Hill was sentenced to death for the 1985 slaying of Raymond Fife.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February 2018 ruled Hill shouldn’t be executed because he showed signs of being intellectually disabled.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which unanimously agreed the 6th Circuit should reconsider the case saying in making its ruling it had relied extensively on a case decided after Hill was sentenced to death.

The Supreme Court in 2002 ruled that executing people with intellectual disabilities is unconstitutional.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 5.

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