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Execution Date Set for Cobb County Murderer - Marcus A. Wellons to be executed on Tuesday, June 17

Forsyth - The Cobb County Superior Court has ordered the execution of convicted murderer Marcus A. Wellons. The court ordered the Georgia Department of Corrections to carry out the execution June 17-24. Commissioner Brian Owens has set the date for Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Georgia Diagnostic & Classification Prison in Jackson at 7pm.

Wellons was sentenced to death for the August 1989 murder of 15-year-old India Roberts in Cobb County. If executed, Wellons will be the 31st inmate put to death by lethal injection.

Media interested in a picture of Wellons and a listing of his crimes may go to the GDC website (

The GDC has one of the largest prison systems in the U.S. and is responsible for supervising nearly 55,000 state prisoners and over 160,000 probationers. It is the largest law enforcement agency in the state with approximately 12,000 employees.

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