Marion Albert Pruett

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Marion Albert Pruett (4 October 1949,[1] in Gastonia, North Carolina [2] - 12 April 1999, in Cummins Unit, Arkansas) was an American spree killer.

Witness Protection[edit]

In 1979, Pruett was given $800, a new name (Charles "Sonny" Pearson), and placed in the federal witness protection program after testifying about a federal prison slaying in Atlanta, Georgia. He then began his crime spree under his alias. Pruett would later claim that he killed the cellmate.[3]

Pruett killed Peggy Lowe after he kidnapped her as he robbed the Jackson, Mississippi savings and loan where she worked; Bobbie Jean Robertson, a convenience store clerk in Fort Smith, Arkansas; and two convenience store clerks in Colorado. He received a life sentence for Lowe's murder, two more life sentences for the murders in Colorado, and the death penalty for Robertson's murder.

On trial in New Mexico for the 2 March 1981 murder of his common-law wife, Pamela Sue Barker (aka Michelle Lynn Pearson), Pruett admitted that he had robbed and killed in order to support a $4,000 a week cocaine habit, but denied that he killed Barker, who was beaten to death, then set on fire. He was convicted, and given a third life sentence.[4] From death row, he asked a Mississippi newspaper to pay him $20,000 to disclose the location of Barker's engagement ring, and offered to reveal the location of a Florida victim's body in exchange for a paid appearance on Geraldo.


Pruett was executed by lethal injection at 8:04PM and pronounced dead at 8:09PM. Pruett was the 19th person executed by Arkansas since Furman v. Georgia.

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  1. ^ "SSDI search results for 'Marion Pruett'" 19 November 2010[dead link]
  2. ^ "Execution set for `Mad Dog' Pruett". Amarillo Globe-News. A.P. 11 April 1999. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "April 1999 Executions". Pro-Death Charlene Hall. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  4. ^ New Mexico killer set to die in Arkansas by The Albuquerque Tribune