Georgia killer makes last meal request ahead of execution

Marion Wilson Jr., the convicted murderer scheduled to be executed June 20, has made his last meal request, authorities announced June 13.

Wilson faces the death penalty for the 1996 shooting death of 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks, an off-duty prison guard who wanted to become a counselor for inmates.

Wilson has attempted to halt the execution, slated for 7 p.m. on June 20, but he went ahead and told the state what he wants to eat on his final day. As other condemned inmates do, Wilson requested a high-calorie meal: one medium thin-crust pizza with everything, 20 buffalo wings, one pint of butter pecan ice cream, some apple pie and grape juice.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole has scheduled a clemency hearing for June 19, the day before the planned execution. If put to death, Wilson would be the second Georgia prisoner to die from an injection of pentobarbital this year. Wilson’s co-defendant Robert Butts was executed in May 2018.

Butts had known Parks from working with him at Burger King. On March 28, 1996, Butts and Wilson saw Parks, who had just left Bible study, at Walmart. They asked Parks for a ride and attacked him after he agreed, prosecutors said. The defendants were in the Folk Nation gang. Prosecutors said heightened status in the gang was the motive for the crime.

Wilson grabbed Parks’ neck tie so tight it later had to be cut off, and Butts killed him with a gunshot to the head from a sawed off shotgun, prosecutors said. They stole his car and left him dying on the ground.

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