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Marcus Wellons. Source: Georgia Department of Corrections. Marcus Wellons. Source: Georgia Department of Corrections.
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The first execution since an Oklahoma inmate was injured during what some are calling a "botched" lethal injection will take place in Georgia.

Clayton Lockett of Oklahoma was executed in April for murder, rape, and other charges. During the lethal injection, Lockett's vein collapsed and he later died of a heart attack. Nine executions have been stayed or postponed since then.

Now, the first execution since that incident will take place in Georgia on June 17 after the inmate's clemency was denied. Marcus Wellons claimed the state violated his rights and the Constitution by not disclosing the lethal drug provider or if the drugs are tested.

Wellons was convicted in 1993 for the rape and murder of his 15-year-old neighbor India Roberts.

Wellons is among three inmates in the country who will be executed within the next 24 hours. John Winfield of Missouri and John Henry of Florida will also be put to death.

RELATED: Man dies of heart attack after botched execution

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