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Posted: June 16, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Clemency hearing held for Ga. death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — Family members of a Georgia death row inmate set to die this week spoke at his clemency hearing.

Marcus Wellons, who's 59, is set to be executed Tuesday evening at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in 1993 of raping and murdering his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts, a high school sophomore in the Atlanta suburbs.

The list of people scheduled to speak Monday before the state Board of Pardons and Paroles included Wellons' mother, two brothers, his daughter, a niece, a friend, an expert witness and a pastor. Prosecutors addressed the board during a separate appointment later in the day.

Clemency hearings in Georgia are not open to the public or the media. The board was expected to make a decision later Monday or on Tuesday.

 
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