A death row inmate in the US is set to be executed tonight after an appeal for clemency was denied.
But lawyers for Marion Wilson say they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-minute bid to halt the execution.
It comes after Georgia Supreme Court judges today declined a request to stay his execution by a vote of 7-1.
This morning, Wilson had a clemency petition denied by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Wilson would be the 1,500th inmate executed in the country since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976.
The 42-year-old was convicted in 1997 of murdering off-duty prison officer Donovan Parks southeast of Atlanta, Georgia.
On March 28, 1996, Parks went into a Wal-Mart in Milledgeville to purchase cat food, leaving his 1992 Acura Vigor parked in the fire lane in front of the store, state prosecutors said.
After Parks left the store, Wilson and an accomplice, Robert Butts Jr., carjacked him.
Wilson pulled the victim by his tie out of the car and onto the pavement and Butts shot him in the head, the records said.
The two tried to sell the car at a shop in Atlanta that strips down vehicles, but were turned down.
Afterward, they set fire to the car, court records said.
Butts was put to death in 2018 for the murder.
Wilson has filed several unsuccessful appeals with various courts since he was convicted.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Wilson’s request to appeal.
He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EDT at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.
Wilson’s attorneys asked the board to intervene, arguing he was not the trigger man and that prosecutors exaggerated his juvenile record and gang affiliation in order to get the death penalty, the petition showed.
Wilson would be the 10th inmate to be executed in the United States in 2019 and the second in Georgia, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
For his final meal, Wilson has asked for a medium thin-crust pizza with everything on it, 20 buffalo wings, a pint of butter pecan ice cream, apple pie and grape juice.