Report: No decision on Johnson clemency request

ATLANTA — The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has yet to rule on a request to grant clemency for an Albany man scheduled to be executed Wednesday, according to a television station report.

Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the 1994 murder a woman he met at a west Albany bar. If executed, he will be the 30th inmate in Georgia put to death by lethal injection, according to the state.

Johnson's met with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles this morning. However, the board did not immediately rule on the request, WALB-TV reported on its website.

Johnson was convicted in April 1998 of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery and subsequently sentenced to death for the killing of Angela Sizemore. According to prosecutors, when police tracked down Johnson following Sizemore's death, he said: “I'm Marcus Ray Johnson. I'm the person you're looking for.”

In addition, investigators found Sizemore's blood on the leather jacket Johnson was wearing, prosecutors said. Additionally, a pocketknife Johnson had was consistent with knife wounds police found on Sizemore's body.

A Dougherty County Superior Court judge last week signed Johnson's death warrant. The board has the power to convert Johnson's sentence to a life sentence or a life sentence without the possibility of parole; or, it could take no action.

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