Attorney: Execution delayed for Ga. inmate

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Posted: Oct 04, 2011 1:38 PM
Attorney: Execution delayed for Ga. inmate

A judge in Georgia has delayed an execution set for Wednesday after the inmate's lawyer asked for more DNA testing.

Marcus Ray Johnson was scheduled to die for the 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore after a nightclub visit.

It would have been the first execution in Georgia since Troy Davis was put to death two weeks ago in a case that garnered international protest because several witnesses disputed their original testimony.

But Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette halted the Johnson execution after hearing several hours of arguments Tuesday.

Johnson's defense attorney Brian Kammer said he was pleased. District Attorney Greg Edwards said he plans to appeal the ruling and is "100 percent sure" that Johnson raped and killed Sizemore.


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