Friday, November 20, 2015

Georgia executes convicted killer, may be the last execution of 2015

The 27th Execution of 2015

Marcus Ray Johnson convicted of killing a woman he met at a Georgia nightclub was put to death on November 19, 2015.
Johnson was declared dead at 10:11 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia Department of Corrections officials said. Johnson was convicted in the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore in Albany, according to the Associated Press.
Johnson declined to make a final statement or have a prayer said for him. The warden left the execution chamber at 9:44 p.m. Records from previous executions show the lethal drug generally starts flowing within minutes after the warden's exit.
Brian Kammer, an attorney for Johnson, had argued his client shouldn't be executed because doubts remained about his guilt. Prosecutors said there was no doubt Johnson killed Sizemore.
In a statement released after the execution was over, Kammer said it "deepens the moral stain on the State of Georgia." The application of the death penalty is characterized by arbitrary, inaccurate and morally bankrupt judgments, he said.
"Georgia should be erring on the side of caution, not rushing its citizens pell mell to the execution chamber," Kammer said.
Ken Hodges, who was Dougherty County district attorney during Johnson's trial, sat next to Sizemore's daughter, Katie Barker, as the two witnessed Johnson's execution.
"Of all the death penalty cases I had, what happened to the victim in this case was the most vile and reprehensible of any," he said. "He was the most deserving of the death penalty."
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