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Marion Wilson Jr.

A second man has been put to death for a killing 23 years ago in Baldwin County. 

Marion Wilson Jr. was executed Thursday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison outside Jackson. The Georgia Attorney General's Office said the death sentence was carried out at 9:52 p.m.

Wilson is the 51st inmate to be put to death by lethal injection in Georgia. 

Wilson and another man, Robert Earl Butts Jr., were convicted in the 1996 shooting death of Donovan Corey Parks in Baldwin County.

Butts was executed May 4, 2018, for his role in the murder.

According to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case, Wilson and Butts were seen standing behind Parks in a Walmart checkout line and later behind Parks’ car parked in front of the store in March 1996.

A witness reportedly heard Butts ask Parks for a ride and several witnesses reportedly saw Butts and Wilson get into Parks’ Acura.

Parks’ body was soon discovered face down on a nearby residential street. Wilson later told law enforcement officers that Butts had pulled a sawed-off shotgun on Parks, ordered him out of the vehicle and to lie on the ground before shooting him in the back of the head.

Wilson’s attorneys argued in a clemency petition that prosecutors overstated his juvenile record and his involvement in gang activity before the murder, and falsely claimed at sentencing that Wilson was the triggerman in order to get a death sentence.

Wilson’s attorneys also argued that jurors never heard mitigating evidence related to his upbringing and cognitive impairment.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Thursday denied the clemency request.

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