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Posted: June 16, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Clemency denied for Georgia death row inmate

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency for a death row inmate set to die this week.

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 parole board on Monday denied clemency after hearing from Wellons' mother, two brothers, his daughter, a niece, a friend, an expert witness and a pastor during a clemency hearing. 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.

 

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