Clemency denied for Marcus Wellons

posted Jun 16, 2014, 2:35 PM by GFADP staff

We’re sorry to share the news that the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole denied clemency for Marcus Wellons.

For now, please plan on attending a vigil at one of the twelve sites as we gather in opposition to state sanctioned killing in our names.

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We’ll be in touch about any new developments. The AJC article is included below.

Parole board holds firm on Wellons execution

By Rhonda Cook, June 16, 2014

The state Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected condemned murderer Marcus Wellons’ request for clemency in the death sentence for a 1989 murder of a Cobb County teenage girl.

Wellons attorneys had argued before the five person board Monday morning that he deserved mercy because he was remorseful about killing 15-year-old India Roberts, who lived near the Vinings townhome where Wellons’ girlfriend lived.

The board did not give a reason for denying the request. Now it’s in the hands of a federal judge who heard arguments to stay the execution set for 7 p.m. Tuesday. Attorneys are say Wellons’ constitutional protections from cruel and unusual punishment could be violated if the compounded drug he is given is ineffective. His lawyers question the source and safety of the pentobarbital, made specifically for Wellons, saying there is no way to check the credentials of the pharmacist who made it or the pharmacy’s successes or failures.

“Terrible things can happen,” said attorney Bo King of the compounded drugs. When they go wrong, they go terribly, horribly wrong for the prisoner.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten said he would have a decision soon on Wellons’ challenge to Georgia’s 1-year-old law that makes the identities of those involved in a lethal injection, including the maker of the drugs, a state secret.

If Wellons is executed, he will be the first man Georgia has put to death using a massive dose of pentobarbital. This also will be the first time an execution is carried out since Georgia law made the source of lethal injection drugs a state secret.