Abortion [provider] killer happy to die
Starke, Fla. (AP) - Paul Hill, sentenced to death in the
shotgun slayings of an abortion and his bodyguard, says
he's worth more to his cause dead then alive and hopes he
The 40-year-old former minister said yesterday that he
won't appeal, though his death sentence will automatically
be reviewed by Florida's Surpreme Court.
"I'm not hoping that this conviction is overturned. To be
quite frank with you, I am hoping it will be upheld and
that I will be executed," Hill said during an interview at
Florida State Prison.
"I think I can save more people dead than alive," he said.
"And that's what I'm calling to do ... save as many
innocent human beings as possible."
It was Hill's second interview since he was sentenced to
death last month for murdering Dr. John Britton and James
Barret. He also wounded Barrett's wife, June,as the three
drove up to a Pensacola abortion clinic July 29.
As Hill spoke matter-of-factly of his possible execution,
he wore the grin seen often during his trial. He even
laughed a few times, in chilling contrast to his grim
Asked if his actions might incite other anti-abortion
activists to violence, he replied: "Indubitably."
Asked if Jesus Christ(sic) would have pulled the trigger
he said: "Absolutely."
Hill has portrayed himself as a martyr for his cause,
insisting the shootings were necessary to prevent
abortions. He was not allowed to use that arguement in
court because abortion is legal.
He began saying abortion providers should be killed after
Dr. David Gunn was shot to death in 1993 outside aanother
Pensacola clinic. Michael J. Griffin of Pensacola is
serving a life sentence for the killing.
"The day that he did that it was like I was clobbered over
the head," Hill said. "This thought that I had pushed to
the back of my mind hit me in the face and I said what he
did was justified."
But he never considered killing anyone himself, Hill said,
until five months later when Dr. George Tillerwas wounded
outside a clinic in Wichita, Kan.
Rachelle "Shelly" Shannon of Grants Pass, Ore., was
sentenced to 10 years in prison for that shooting.