Man convicted in 1996 GA murder of off-duty prison guard executed

Man convicted in 1996 GA murder of off-duty prison guard executed
Marion Wilson Jr.

JACKSON, Ga. (WALB) - One of the men accused of killing an off-duty prison guard on March 28, 1996 was executed Thursday night just before p.m. by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia.

The lawfully ordered execution of Marion Wilson, Jr. for the 1996 murder of Donovan Corey Parks was carried out this evening at 9:52 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Georgia. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Morrow’s request for a stay of execution.
Office of Attorney General Chris Carr

Marion Wilson, Jr. was originally set to be executed in 2018 but was issued a stay because of “the considerable amount of additional information” the case had receive.

Wilson’s defense filed for another stay of execution but in a 7 to 1 decision, the Supreme Court of Georgia denied the motion on Thursday afternoon.

In addition to denying Wilson’s motion for a stay of execution, the state Supreme Court has denied his request to appeal a ruling to challenge his sentence by the Butts County Superior Court.

Wilson’s request for stay of execution was also denied by the Baldwin County Superior Court, which denied requests for DNA testing and a new trial.

Wilson requested a last meal of one medium, thin crust pizza with everything, 20-piece buffalo wings with spicy sauce, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, apple pie and grape juice, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

Case Background:

Marion Wilson, Jr. and Robert Earl Butts Jr. were convicted and sentenced to death in the March 1996 slaying of Donovan Corey Parks in central Georgia.

The two men asked Parks for a ride outside a Walmart store and then ordered him out of the car and fatally shot him a short distance away.

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