Paul Jennings Hill (February 6, 1954 – September 3, 2003) was the first person executed in the United States for the murder of an abortion practitioner.
He was a Presbyterian minister affiliated with the Church of God in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church , but was later excommunicated. 1 2
Hill was an anti-abortion activist and was associated with the Army of God .
Capture and Execution
On July 29, 1994, in Pensacola , Florida , she arrived at an abortion clinic and shot her doctor John Britton and her escort James Barrett, killing them. During the incident, Barrett’s wife was also seriously injured. Hill was arrested the same day.
On December 6, 1994, Hill was sentenced to death under Florida law . He claimed no remorse for the murders, as he expected a reward in heaven, and during the trial the judge would not allow him to use his affirmative defense . Hill was executed on September 3, 2003 through a lethal injection and in his last words encouraged the pro-abortionists to do everything possible to end abortion practitioners, whom they consider killers.
This polemic has led to Hill being considered a martyr by his followers and terrorist by his opponents.
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- Back to top↑ Turning From ‘Weapon of the Spirit’ to the Shotgun By Kathy Sawyer Washington Post Sunday, August 7, 1994; Page A01