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U.S. Supreme Court will not block GA inmate's execution

JACKSON, GA (WALB) -

A planned execution for a Georgia death row inmate is expected to go on as planned, after a late decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

After the Georgia State Supreme Court denied Marcus A. Wellons a stay of execution, prison officials waited until late Tuesday night to hear from the U.S. Supreme Court, who announced they will not block the execution.

In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia denied a stay of execution for Wellons, who is scheduled to be put to death 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 Georgia state Justices concurred in Tuesday's ruling except Justices Robert Benham and Carol Hunstein, who dissented.

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