The scheduled Sept. 3 execution of Paul Hill, who fatally shot a doctor and an escort at a Florida abortion clinic, could trigger more such attacks, a death-penalty opponent charges. The Associated Press quotes Abe Bonowitz of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty as saying that “in the case of this execution, there are dangerous potential outcomes.”
Hill apprently would be first anti-abortion murderer to be executed. “When you kill a terrorist — a person who kills not for personal gain but to further a cause — then that person becomes a hero to his or her followers,” Bonowitz said. He asked Gov. Jeb Bush to call off Hill’s execution and commute his sentence to life in prison.
Bush has said that Hill is “a murderer, and he was sentenced to death, and I have the duty to carry out that sentence.” Hill, 50, is on death row for the shotgun murders of Dr. John B. Britton, 69, and retired Air Force Lt. Col. James H. Barrett, 74, who were killed in 1994.