Georgians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Marion Wilson Execution Date Set
We face an execution on Thursday, June 20 for Marion Wilson. Mr. Wilson's attorneys and members of his family will be asking the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to grant clemency to Mr. Wilson, and we remain hopeful that the Board will do the right thing and extend mercy to Mr. Wilson. There are also pending legal appeals that could result in relief or a stay of execution for him.
About Mr. WIlson
Mr. Wilson is 42 years old and has been on death row for 23 years. When asked about Mr. Wilson, one family member mentioned his sparkling eyes, and how they light up when he laughs and jokes around, which he loves to do. Others remembered his trademark big smile and wonderful sense of humor, and recalled the many times when they were able to laugh with him. Mr. Wilson loves sports, especially basketball and football, and his favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. He also loves to write and is a wonderful poet. He is the proud father of a 23-year old daughter, and has a loving and supportive mother in addition to numerous other supportive friends and family members who surround him at this time.
If this execution goes forward, Georgia will have the shameful distinction of carrying out the 1500th execution in the United States since the return of the death penalty in 1976.
GFADP is working to end capital punishment in Georgia and around the world. We are a strong, diverse, statewide, grassroots movement which:
- Opposes individual executions;
- Supports legislative initiatives aimed at reducing the application of the death penalty until it is ultimately abolished;
- Protects the humanity of individuals on death row;
- Educates our fellow Georgians about the death penalty;
- Provides concrete action steps for individuals and groups.
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