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This Day in Georgia History

June 17, 2014

Marcus Wellons Executed

Convicted murderer and rapist Marcus Wellons was executed by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Wellons was convicted for raping and murdering fifteen-year old India Roberts in Cobb County in 1989. His execution received national attention, as it was the first one in the country since a botched execution attempt took place in Oklahoma seven weeks previously. His attorneys had argued for a stay because of a new secrecy law regarding how the drugs used in the execution were obtained. But all of the appeals were denied and Wellons’ execution took place without any problems.