Marion Wilson, Jr

Condemned killer Marion Murdock Wilson Jr. has requested his last meal before his scheduled execution by the State of Georgia next Thursday night for the shotgun slaying of 25-year-old Donovan Corey Parks in Baldwin County on March 28, 1996.

Wilson has requested that his last meal consist of a medium thin-crust pizza with all the trimmings, as well as 20 buffalo wings with spicy sauce, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, a slice of apple pie, and a glass of grape juice.

Meanwhile, officials with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles have scheduled a clemency hearing at 9 a.m. next Wednesday in Atlanta.

“The purpose of this meeting is to receive information for or against clemency for Wilson,” according to Steve Hayes, communications director for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles.

Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Stephen A. Bradley, who assisted in the prosecution of Wilson during his murder trial, as well as in the case of a co-defendant tried separately, said he will attend the hearing. 

Bradley also said he expected Parks’ father and his brother to attend the hearing, as well as Baldwin County Sheriff Bill Massee and Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, both of whom investigated the murder case when it happened. 

Wilson is set to die by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison near Jackson next Thursday at 7 p.m.

Wilson is one of two men convicted in separate trials in 1997 in Baldwin County Superior Court in the execution-style shooting of Parks, who was shot in the back of the head with a sawed-off shotgun. The other man involved in the killing was Robert Earl Butts Jr., who was put to death by the state last year.

A Baldwin County jury convicted Wilson of murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Wilson was sentenced to death on Nov. 7, 1997.

The United States Supreme Court denied Wilson’s request to appeal on May 28 of this year.

In Georgia, the State Pardons and Paroles Board “has the sole constitutional authority to grant clemency and commute, or reduce a death sentence to life with the possibility of parole or to life without the possibility of parole,” according to Hayes. “Following the meeting, the board may commute the sentence, issue a stay of up to 90-days or deny clemency.”

Hayes explained that the State Board of Pardons and Paroles maintains what he described as a comprehensive file on each death row inmate, including criminal history, and the circumstances of the crime that was committed resulting in the death sentence.

The clemency hearing next Wednesday will be held in the State Pardons and Paroles central office in the East Tower of the Floyd Veterans Memorial Building, located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.E.

If Wilson is put to death next week, he will become the 51st condemned killer to die in Georgia by lethal injection.

Presently, there are 47 men and one woman on death row in Georgia.

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