Tue., October 4, 2011 1:04pm (EDT)

Johnson Gets Stay Of Execution
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 3 years ago

ALBANY, Ga.  —  
An Albany court is granting a stay of execution to a man set to be executed Wednesday. Defense attorneys will have the chance to go over additional DNA evidence.

Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette scheduled a hearing for convicted killer Marcus Ray Johnson on February 1, 2012. His attorney’s asked for a delay because evidence they requested in 2001 was found last week and has not been tested for DNA.

Sarah Totonchi with the Southern Center for Human Rights says she believes Georgia courts will be more cautious in light of the Troy Davis execution two weeks ago.

“I think those in Georgia who will oversee executions in years to come will be wary of moving forward without being abundantly cautious to make sure an innocent person is not being executed.

Johnson was convicted of killing Angela Sizemore in 1994.