01-01-2005, 12:12 PM #1Former Member
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OH - Raymond Fife, 12, abducted & murdered, Warren, 10 Sept 1985
WARREN - Convicted killer Danny Lee Hill, who argues he should not be put to death because he is mentally retarded, acted as his own attorney in filing a legal request for an investigation into how his appeal is being handled.
Hill filed the motion earlier this month, alleging the case has been handled in a racially discriminatory manner. He also seeks an extension for his appeal, but the motion fails to state why an extension is needed. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor LuWayne Annos said the motion will be recycled and used for their argument that Hill is not mentally retarded and should be put to death as he was sentenced. The motion, Annos said, shows his "self directiveness,'' and that Hill knows how to look out for his own best interests, meaning the action is not consistent with mental retardation.
"It's already part of the record and by the post-conviction statute, the judge is required to look at the entire record and now Mr. Hill has made this part of the entire record,'' Annos said.
She said that in previous motions Hill filed on his own behalf, there was a disclaimer on the document detailing that someone had assisted in preparing the document; however, the two-page Dec. 17 petition does not include the disclaimer.
Hill's attorney, Gregory Meyers of the state public defender's office and a leading expert on capital cases, declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.
Hill was convicted for the Sept. 10, 1985, murder of Raymond Fife, 12, who was beaten, sexually tortured, strangled with his underwear, set afire and left for dead after Hill and 17-year-old Timothy Combs attacked Raymond while he was riding his bike to a Boy Scout meeting.
Hill, now 38, is awaiting a decision in his recent hearing that he be spared from execution because he is mentally retarded, also known as an Atkins claim. The hearing resulted after the Supreme Court ruled that executing the mentally retarded is cruel. Final arguments on Hill's Atkins claim are not scheduled until March 18.
09-24-2005, 09:07 PM #2
The defense team for death row inmate Danny Lee Hill has asked Judge Thomas P. Curran to remove himself from hearing Hill's post-conviction case.
The lawyers say in their motion that Judge Curran has acquired "extrajudicial knowledge of facts" important to Hill's case by presiding over a dispute involving Dr. Douglas Darnall's license to practice psychology over this summer.
Dr. Darnall had given an opinion on the mental status of Hill when Hill was 17.
http://www.vindy.com/content/local_r...0984618527.phpJust when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........
Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
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09-25-2005, 08:15 PM #3Registered User
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Is Hill known to be retarded or did he just get that way after this new ruling became law? I'm sure that he will have to be tested to prove it one way or the other. Can't they just do an IQ test?
Sounds to me like the guy doesn't want to die. I wonder if his victim felt the same way I doubt that his victim got to voice an opinion though.
I'm so sick of hearing these killers scream about their rights.
09-25-2005, 08:24 PM #4Former Member
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05-23-2015, 03:54 AM #5
Still at it in April 2014:
The Ohio Attorney General’s office says the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should deny a request for hiring attorneys to argue that Warren murderer Danny Lee Hill should get a new trial for the 1985 torture and mutilation killing of 12-year-old Raymond Fife...
Hill, 47, was sentenced to death in 1986 after a trial in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. Combs is serving a life sentence and was not eligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.
06-14-2016, 04:02 PM #6On Monday, attorneys representing Danny Lee Hill filed a motion seeking for another trial in connection with the 1985 kidnapping, rape and murder of Raymond Fife.
Attorneys for the 49-year-old Hill argue that new evidence was discovered that they say would impact Hill's right to a fair trial.
Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove has scheduled a hearing for June 21, when she is expected to set a date to hear arguments on Hill's petition for a new trial
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