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Marion Wilson Jr.

A Georgia death row inmate convicted in the shooting death of a man in Baldwin County in 1996 has been scheduled to be executed June 20.

Marion Wilson Jr. was convicted in 1997 in the death of Donovan Corey Parks. Wilson and another man, Robert Earl Butts Jr., encountered Parks at a Milledgeville Walmart March 28, 1996. According to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case, Wilson and Butts were seen standing behind Parks in a checkout line and later behind Parks’ car parked in front of the store.

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.

Butts and Wilson then drove Parks’ car to Gray to buy gas and drove to Atlanta in an unsuccessful attempt to find a chop shop to dispose of the car. They then bought two gas cans and drove to Macon where the car was set on fire.

The pair then got a ride back to the Milledgeville Walmart from Butts’ uncle so they could retrieve Butts’ vehicle, which was still at the store.

Butts was executed May 4, 2018 at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison outside Jackson for his role in the murder.

Wilson was convicted in 1997 and sentenced to death on charges of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Managing Editor

Michael Davis has been the editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus since 2010. He previously worked as an editor and reporter for the Henry Daily Herald and Clayton News-Daily.