Death to life: Florida reduces disabled murderer’s sentence

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Supreme Court is reducing the sentence of a death row inmate after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider his intellectual abilities.

After Thursday’s ruling, Freddie Lee Hall will be sentenced to life for the 1978 murder of a 21-year-old pregnant woman who was abducted while leaving a grocery store.

The state Supreme Court originally upheld Hall’s death sentence based on multiple IQ tests that scored above 70 – the level at which people are considered to be intellectually disabled.

But the U.S. Supreme Court said there’s a margin of error in IQ tests and ruled that the scores alone can’t be used to determine whether a person is intellectually disabled.

That ruling sent Hall’s case back to the state high court, which now says Hall is intellectually disabled and can’t be executed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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