JACKSON, GA; WASHINGTON, DC (PM) — A 42-year-old death row inmate is scheduled to be executed tonight, after both the Georgia Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court both denied stays of execution, and the State Board of Paroles and Pardons denied him clemency. (UPDATED 9:51 PM EDT)
Marion Wilson was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Baldwin County — along with co-defendant Robert Butts — for the 1996 shooting demise of an off-duty corrections officer, Donovan Parks, 24, who seeked to become an adviser for convicts.
The board carried on a long meeting Wednesday, listening to members of Wilson and Parks’ family. Clemency hearings in Georgia are private, closed hearings, with no media entrance.
Also, Wednesday, a Butts County Superior Court judge denied Wilson’s latest petition. In a recent court filing, Wilson’s lawyers contested the district attorney who prosecuted the trial presented misleading evidence to Wilson’s jury. They also stated Wilson was not fit for the death penalty because he was not the person who shot and murdered Parks.
However, Judge Thomas Wilson declined the petition. Marion Wilson’s attorneys are now appealing to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Wilson’s execution is scheduled for 7 p.m., but usually, the time is preliminary as the legal appeals process makes its way through various courts before the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to intervene.