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Georgia panel delays clemency ruling for condemned man

Georgia panel delays clemency ruling for condemned man Photo: AP

June 19, 2019 07:51 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — The state parole board has delayed making a decision in a clemency hearing for a Georgia inmate set to be executed for the slaying of an off-duty prison guard.

Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to receive a lethal injection Thursday. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks.

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Prosecutors say Wilson and Butts killed Parks and stole his car after asking him for a ride at a Walmart.

Butts was executed last year.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles says a decision regarding clemency would be issued before Thursday's scheduled execution.

The parole board is Georgia's only authority that can commute a death sentence.

Wilson would be the second prisoner executed by Georgia this year.

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