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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 4, 1994
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A jury of six men and six women unanimously recommended two death sentences for Paul Hill, the shotgun-wielding former minister who killed Dr. John B. Britton and his clinic escort James H. Barrett outside a Pensacola abortion clinic June 29.Jurors deliberated for four hours and one minute before voting for the death penalty twice, 12-0. It will be up to a judge to decide whether to accept their recommendation to send Hill to Florida's electric chair or sentence him to life in prison.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 7, 2003
WASHINGTON - Paul Hill died happily Wednesday night. He went into the afterlife with taxpayer-supplied poisons leaking into his veins. In the hours before his execution, he told reporters he expected to receive a grand reward upon arrival in Heaven because he had done what God told him to. I am a religious man, and it is pretty common in my circle for people to report conversations with the Almighty. One friend says God told him to organize a crusade to stop people in his city from killing one another.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1996
At the end of each day, Paul Hill would come home, slip out of his day clothes and into some of the finest garments sold in Baltimore -- complete with two-tone shoes and cowhide carrying case.An evening at the pool hall awaited him. The carrying case was for his pool cue."This is what he did every day. Every day. My father was a pool shark," said his daughter, Marilyn Jean Carroll. "He shot pool real well and hustled with his pool stick."Mr. Hill, who died Tuesday at 74 of cancer at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospice in Perryville, was a trash collector for the city sanitation department for 30 years.
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By John Kennedy and Bob Mahlburg and John Kennedy and Bob Mahlburg,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 4, 2003
STARKE, Fla. - Paul Hill, a former minister turned killer, was executed by lethal injection yesterday at Florida State Prison, becoming the first American put to death for anti-abortion violence. Hill, 49, was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m. His last words were a call to arms for abortion opponents. "If you believe abortion is a lethal force, you should oppose the force and do what you have to do to stop it," Hill said calmly, lying beneath a white sheet and strapped to a gurney. A moment later, Florida State Prison Warden Joe Thompson gave the order to begin the lethal injection.
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By John Kennedy and Bob Mahlburg and John Kennedy and Bob Mahlburg,ORLANDO SENTINEL | September 4, 2003
STARKE, Fla. - Paul Hill, a former minister turned killer, was executed by lethal injection yesterday at Florida State Prison, becoming the first American put to death for anti-abortion violence. Hill, 49, was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m. His last words were a call to arms for abortion opponents. "If you believe abortion is a lethal force, you should oppose the force and do what you have to do to stop it," Hill said calmly, lying beneath a white sheet and strapped to a gurney. A moment later, Florida State Prison Warden Joe Thompson gave the order to begin the lethal injection.
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December 9, 1994
If any crime fits the description of acts beastly enough to warrant capital punishment, Paul Hill's cold-blooded murder of an abortion doctor and a volunteer bodyguard would seem to qualify. Yet the death sentence imposed on Hill by a Florida judge this week illustrates why virtually every other industrialized country has outlawed this form of punishment.Paul Hill's murders were cruel and calculated, and his lack of remorse and zealous sense of righteousness makes it clear he could easily threaten the lives of other people who work at clinics where abortions are performed.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | October 7, 1994
Poor, miserable, pathetic Paul Hill. What a loser.As you probably know, Hill is the anti-abortion gunman who was convicted the other day on a conspiracy charge in the shooting deaths of Dr. John Britton and his bodyguard. Later, Hill will stand trial for murder.And, since the case is in eye-for-an-eye Florida, if Hill is convicted, he might even be sentenced to death. That would neatly complete the twisted irony of a so-called pro-life activist killing a doctor and then the state killing him in turn.
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By New York Times News Service | October 6, 1994
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Paul J. Hill, the former Presbyterian minister and abortion protester, has been convicted on federal charges of killing two people and wounding a third in an attempt to thwart legal abortions at a clinic here.Yesterday's verdict, by a jury of six men and six women, came in the first case brought to trial under a four-month-old federal law enacted to combat increasing violence against clinics and abortion providers around the country.The jury deliberated a little more than two hours after Hill, representing himself, had mounted virtually no defense.
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By James Risen and James Risen,Los Angeles Times | July 30, 1994
WASHINGTON -- As he stood vigil outside a Wichita, Kan., courtroom this spring in support of a fellow anti-abortion extremist on trial for shooting an abortion doctor, Paul Hill explained that he believed he had been called by God to pray for those who commit violence, but did not believe that God wanted him to shoot doctors himself.As the leader of his tiny, self-styled group, Defensive Action, he has traveled the country over the past year encouraging anti-abortion violence, telling fun damentalist groups that murdering abortion providers was tantamount to "justifiable homicide."
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By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 3, 2003
STARKE, Fla. - The former Presbyterian minister whose scheduled execution tonight would make him the first person executed for anti-abortion violence in the United States termed his death sentence an honor yesterday and said he was convinced he had heeded God's will. "I feel very honored they are most likely going to kill me for what I did," Paul Hill said. "And I'm certainly, to be quite honest, expecting a great reward in heaven for my obedience." Barring a successful last-minute legal challenge, Hill, 49, is to be given a lethal injection tonight for killing abortion doctor John Britton and a volunteer escort.
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By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 3, 2003
STARKE, Fla. - The former Presbyterian minister whose scheduled execution tonight would make him the first person executed for anti-abortion violence in the United States termed his death sentence an honor yesterday and said he was convinced he had heeded God's will. "I feel very honored they are most likely going to kill me for what I did," Paul Hill said. "And I'm certainly, to be quite honest, expecting a great reward in heaven for my obedience." Barring a successful last-minute legal challenge, Hill, 49, is to be given a lethal injection tonight for killing abortion doctor John Britton and a volunteer escort.
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By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 2, 2003
MIAMI - He once told an audience of Phil Donahue's television show that killing a doctor who performs abortions was as justifiable as killing Hitler. Then one July morning, he took a pump-action shotgun and fatally shot a doctor and his escort outside a women's clinic in Florida's Panhandle. Tomorrow, Paul Hill is scheduled to die at Florida State Prison. The former Christian minister, a murderer in the eyes of the state but a hero and a future martyr to some, will become the first convicted killer of a physician who performed abortions to be executed in the United States.
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July 19, 2003
John Paul "Jack" Hill, a retired medical equipment salesman, died of a heart attack July 12 at his Charles Village home. He was 57. Born in Baltimore and raised in Govans, he graduated from City College in 1963 and later attended the University of Maryland. Mr. Hill sold cardiac X-ray equipment for Toshiba, General Electric and Phillips until two years ago, when ill health caused him to retire. Earlier in his career, he had worked as an X-ray technologist for Johns Hopkins and the Bayview Medical Center.
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By Robert Hilson Jr. and Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF | July 13, 1996
At the end of each day, Paul Hill would come home, slip out of his day clothes and into some of the finest garments sold in Baltimore -- complete with two-tone shoes and cowhide carrying case.An evening at the pool hall awaited him. The carrying case was for his pool cue."This is what he did every day. Every day. My father was a pool shark," said his daughter, Marilyn Jean Carroll. "He shot pool real well and hustled with his pool stick."Mr. Hill, who died Tuesday at 74 of cancer at the Perry Point Veterans Affairs Hospice in Perryville, was a trash collector for the city sanitation department for 30 years.
NEWS
December 9, 1994
If any crime fits the description of acts beastly enough to warrant capital punishment, Paul Hill's cold-blooded murder of an abortion doctor and a volunteer bodyguard would seem to qualify. Yet the death sentence imposed on Hill by a Florida judge this week illustrates why virtually every other industrialized country has outlawed this form of punishment.Paul Hill's murders were cruel and calculated, and his lack of remorse and zealous sense of righteousness makes it clear he could easily threaten the lives of other people who work at clinics where abortions are performed.
NEWS
By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 4, 1994
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A jury of six men and six women unanimously recommended two death sentences for Paul Hill, the shotgun-wielding former minister who killed Dr. John B. Britton and his clinic escort James H. Barrett outside a Pensacola abortion clinic June 29.Jurors deliberated for four hours and one minute before voting for the death penalty twice, 12-0. It will be up to a judge to decide whether to accept their recommendation to send Hill to Florida's electric chair or sentence him to life in prison.
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By JAMES J. KILPATRICK | August 18, 1994
Washington.--On July 29 in Pensacola, Fla., a fanatic, one Paul Hill, murdered Dr. John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard Jim Barrett. Mr. Hill thus violated the recently adopted Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994.Dr. Britton headed an abortion clinic. Paul Hill regards abortionists as murderers. Killing an abortionist, in his view, is justifiable homicide.The case presents no problems of identity or evidence. A dozen witnesses saw Mr. Hill lift a 12-gauge shotgun and press the trigger.
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By John-Thor Dahlburg and John-Thor Dahlburg,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 2, 2003
MIAMI - He once told an audience of Phil Donahue's television show that killing a doctor who performs abortions was as justifiable as killing Hitler. Then one July morning, he took a pump-action shotgun and fatally shot a doctor and his escort outside a women's clinic in Florida's Panhandle. Tomorrow, Paul Hill is scheduled to die at Florida State Prison. The former Christian minister, a murderer in the eyes of the state but a hero and a future martyr to some, will become the first convicted killer of a physician who performed abortions to be executed in the United States.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | October 7, 1994
Poor, miserable, pathetic Paul Hill. What a loser.As you probably know, Hill is the anti-abortion gunman who was convicted the other day on a conspiracy charge in the shooting deaths of Dr. John Britton and his bodyguard. Later, Hill will stand trial for murder.And, since the case is in eye-for-an-eye Florida, if Hill is convicted, he might even be sentenced to death. That would neatly complete the twisted irony of a so-called pro-life activist killing a doctor and then the state killing him in turn.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | October 6, 1994
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Paul J. Hill, the former Presbyterian minister and abortion protester, has been convicted on federal charges of killing two people and wounding a third in an attempt to thwart legal abortions at a clinic here.Yesterday's verdict, by a jury of six men and six women, came in the first case brought to trial under a four-month-old federal law enacted to combat increasing violence against clinics and abortion providers around the country.The jury deliberated a little more than two hours after Hill, representing himself, had mounted virtually no defense.
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