Wednesday, June 18 2014, 07:02 AM EDT
Georgia Inmate Executed Tuesday Night
JACKSON, Ga. (AP) -- A Georgia inmate convicted of rape and murder has become the first person to be executed in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of a prisoner in Oklahoma in April.
Fifty-nine-year-old Marcus Wellons was executed by injection Tuesday night after last-minute appeals were denied. A corrections spokesman says he was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m. The execution seemed to go smoothly with no noticeable complications.
From the time he was brought into the room and the tubes with the drugs were administered took about 35 minutes. Wellons was lying still with his eyes closed the whole time.
Wellons was convicted and sentenced to death in 1993 for the 1989 slaying of his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts, a high school sophomore from the Atlanta suburbs.
Georgia uses one drug -- the sedative pentobarbital -- for executions..
ATLANTA (AP) -- A Georgia death row inmate convicted in the death of his 15-year-old neighbor is set to be executed.
Marcus Wellons, 59, is scheduled to be put to death Tuesday evening (June 17) at 7 pm at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in 1993 of raping and murdering his 15-year-old neighbor, India Roberts, a high school sophomore in the Atlanta suburbs.
Wellons was sentenced to death in June 1993 in Cobb County. In December 1997, he came within three hours of execution because an attorney who had just volunteered to file an appeal petition was denied time to study the case. A U.S. District judge stayed the execution.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday denied clemency for Wellons. His lawyers last week filed two legal challenges with the aim of halting his execution. A federal judge on Monday rejected one challenge, while the other is still pending.
Roberts' naked body was found in a wooded area near the apartment building with cuts on one side of her face and ear, and bruises on her neck.