- Paul Jennings Hill
subject_name = Paul Hill
image_size = 100px
caption = Hill shortly before his execution.
date_of_birth = Birth date|1954|2|6
date_of_death = Death date and age|2003|9|3|1954|2|6
occupation = Minister (defrocked)
status = Deceased
spouse = Karen Denise Demuth
parents = Oscar Jennings Hill, Louise Hill
children = Justin, Gloria and Joy Hill
Paul Jennings Hill (
February 6, 1954– September 3, 2003) was the first person in the United States to be executed for killing an abortion provider.__NOTOC__
Paul Hill was born in
Miami, Floridaon February 6, 1954, to Oscar Jennings Hill, an airline pilot, and his wife Louise. Hill was raised in Coral Gables, where he was popular in high school, but had been charged with assault at the age of 17 by his father when his father attempted to get treatment for his son's drug problem.
religious conversionhappened two years later in 1973, after walking home from working a construction job. He enrolled in Belhaven Collegelater that year.
Hill graduated from Belhaven College and
Reformed Theological Seminary. Following his ordination in 1984, Hill became a minister affiliated with both the Presbyterian Church in Americaand the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
He was excommunicated in 1993 following a number of nationally televised appearances, in which he claimed to be the new national spokesperson for abortionist killers, revealing himself to be a fanatical
pro-lifeactivist, with connections to the Army of God. [ [http://www.armyofgod.com/PaulHillWhoIs.html Who is Paul Hill?] ] [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/abortviolence/stories/hill.htm Turning From 'Weapon of the Spirit' to the Shotgun] By Kathy Sawyer Washington Post Sunday, August 7, 1994; Page A01]
Though no longer employed as a pastor, Hill supported his family through an auto detailing franchise, largely through a network of new car dealerships and used car lots. However, the dealers began to use less and less of his services after learning about his anti-abortion agenda.
Crime and punishment
July 29, 1994, Hill approached a Pensacola, Floridaabortion clinic with which he was familiar. When he spotted physician John Britton and his clinic escort, James Barrett, outside, he shot them both at close range with a shotgun. In addition to the two murders, Hill seriously wounded Barrett's wife. He was arrested that same day.
In a statement before his execution, Hill said that he felt no
remorsefor his actions, and that he expected "a great reward in Heaven". During his trial, the judge did not allow Hill to use an affirmative defenseof justification. Hill said he viewed the acts as defensive rather than retributive. Hill left behind a manuscript manifesto [ [http://www.armyofgod.com/PHillbookIntro.html "Mix My Blood with the Blood of the Unborn"] ] which his backers promised him they would publish. That manifesto and his address to the jury that convicted him echoed the words of John Brown, [cite_news|url=http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F60C14FC3F5A0C778CDDA80994DC494D81 | author=Mireya Navarro |title=Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Abortion Foe Convicted in 2 Killings in Florida |work=The New York Times |date=November 4, 1994 |page=A20] who had attempted to incite a violent insurrection to end slaveryin the United States. Hill was not apologetic for the killings, and in his last words he encouraged others who believe abortion is an illegitimate use of lethal force to "do what you have to do to stop it". [http://www.clarkprosecutor.org/html/death/US/hill873.htm Paul Jennings Hill #873] ] [ [http://armyofgod.com/Paulhillindex.html The Authorized Paul Hill Website] ] [ [http://www.fadp.org/news/PensacolaNewsJournal-20030824.htm "Hill lives in world of black and white"] by Brett Norman from "Pensacola News Journal" (August 24, 2003)] [ [http://s155777461.onlinehome.us/docs/html/gnlg/gnlg.html "Lone Gunners for Jesus: Letters to Paul J. Hill"] by Presbyterian writer and theonomist Gary North(critical response to Hill)] [ [http://www.credenda.org/issues/9-4disputatio.php A letter to the editors] of " Credenda/Agenda" magazine by Hill, with a critical response from Douglas Wilson]
Hill died by
lethal injectionin Florida State Prisonon September 3, 2003.
List of individuals executed in Florida
* [http://www.armyofgod.com/Paulhillindex.html The Authorized Paul Hill website]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6DHvYUQQSE Paul Hill's last interview with Life Dynamics]
* [http://www.dc.state.fl.us/InmateReleases/inmateaction.asp?DataAction=GetInmate&DCNumber=459364 Inmate Release Information Detail - Inmate 459364] . "
Florida Department of Corrections". Retrieved on 2008-05-29.
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