Marcus Ray Johnson was convicted of killing a Lee County woman in 1994 and sentenced to die. More than a decade later, Johnson will face execution as early as October 5.
ATLANTA ATLANTA — The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has set a clemency hearing for Marcus Ray Johnson for Monday,, two days before his scheduled execution on Oct. 5.
The Albany man is facing death by lethal injection for the 1994 killing of Angela Sizemore. Johnson has maintained his innocence, but his appeals to this point have been denied.
The board announced Tuesday that members of Johnson’s defense team will meet with the board to advocate for clemency on his behalf at 9 a.m. Monday.
In 1994, Sizemore’s body was found laying in her SUV, having been stabbed 41 times and impaled by a tree limb.
On April 5, 1998, in the Dougherty County Superior Court, Johnson was convicted of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to death on the murder conviction.
Since that time, Johnson has filed numerous appeals through both the state and federal legal systems with the U.S. Supreme Court twice denying to hear his
Johnson was convicted based on the testimony of witnesses who saw him leave an Albany bar and nightclub with Sizemore before the murder, and some witnesses who saw him in the same general area boarding a city bus alone later that evening.
The only physical evidence in the case was blood found on Johnson’s jacket which prosecutors said belonged to Sizemore. Johnson contended that the blood came from when he punched Sizemore after they got into argument that night.