Clemency hearing set for man facing execution in Georgia
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s parole board has set a hearing to consider whether to grant clemency to a man who is scheduled to be executed later this month in the killing of an off-duty prison guard more than two decades ago.
Marion Wilson Jr. is scheduled to die on June 20 at the state prison in Jackson. Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks.
Butts was executed last year.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has scheduled a closed-door clemency hearing for the 42-year-old Wilson on June 19. The parole board is the only authority in Georgia that can commute a death sentence.
Wilson would be the second prisoner put to death by Georgia this year.