Clemency hearing set for death row inmate convicted of murdering girl
by Emily Boorstein
May 31, 2014 04:00 AM | 3865 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marcus Wellons
Marcus Wellons
MARIETTA — A clemency hearing has been set for a death row inmate convicted of killing a 15-year-old from Cobb County.

Marcus Wellons is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection June 17 at 7 p.m., according to state Attorney General Sam Olens.

Representatives for Wellons will meet with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles on June 16 to advocate for clemency.

During the hearing, members of the board could possibly meet with Wellons and other witnesses, said Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds. He said the state and the victim’s family may also give testimony before the board makes its decision.

If clemency is granted, the board could potentially reduce Wellons’ sentence from death to life in prison, Reynolds said.

Wellons was convicted in 1993 for the death of Campbell High School student India Roberts.

Roberts’ body was found in 1989 in a wooded area behind an apartment complex near Vinings, where Wellons lived.

An autopsy determined Roberts, who was last seen on her way to a school bus stop, had been strangled and raped.

With the U.S. Superior Court denying to hear his case in October 2013, Wellons has exhausted his appeals.

Reynolds said any defendant who asks for a clemency hearing will be granted one, but in Wellons’ case, he sides with the jury.

“I think the jury’s verdict was appropriate for that case, and I think the jury’s sentence needs to be carried out,” Reynolds said.

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June 03, 2014
Wellons has little chance for clemency - it is not a policy of Georgia's "justice" system. We need a broader application of mercy - abolish the death penalty. To see many reasons to get rid of this barbaric practice, check out, Georgians For Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Wellon's trial was tainted when jurors gave erotic-shaped chocolates to the judge and bailiff. Did jurors really joke about killing this man?? Did they take their verdict seriously? Life without parole is sufficient punishment!
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