Atlanta, June 17, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of
execution for Marcus A. Wellons, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection
at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.
Wellons, 59, was convicted in Cobb County in 1993 of raping and strangling 15-year-old India
Roberts, who lived in Vinings, GA, near the home of Wellons’ girlfriend.
In addition to denying Wellons’ Motion for Stay of Execution, the Court has denied his
application to appeal a Fulton County court order dismissing his constitutional challenge of the
Georgia statute that protects as a “confidential state secret” the identities of the producers and
suppliers of the state’s lethal injection drugs. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert
McBurney also denied Wellons’ request for preliminary injunction and stay of execution.
All the Justices concurred in today’s ruling except Justices Robert Benham and Carol Hunstein,