Wed., October 5, 2011 11:45am (EDT)

Georgia High Court Upholds Execution Stay
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
Georgia's Supreme Court has refused to reverse a stay of execution and allow the process to move forward to put Marcus Ray Johnson to death. (photo-Ga. Dept. of Corrections)
Georgia's Supreme Court has refused to reverse a stay of execution and allow the process to move forward to put Marcus Ray Johnson to death. (photo-Ga. Dept. of Corrections)
The Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a motion by prosecutors who want the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward.

The court issued a unanimous decision dismissing the motion filed by prosecutors involving the execution of Marcus Ray Johnson. Prosecutors said in the motion that the judge allowed Johnson to "make a mockery of the concept of due diligence."

Johnson was initially scheduled to be put to death on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the killing of Angela Sizemore outside an Albany nightclub in March 1994. Superior Court Judge Willie Lockette halted the execution on Tuesday to give defense lawyers time to study newly discovered evidence.

Johnson's execution was announced hours after Troy Davis was put to death in a case that sparked an international outcry.