Georgia Executes Man Who Requested Last Beer

Marcus Johnson didn't eat his last meal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 20, 2015 12:55 AM CST
A group of death penalty opponents pray at the scheduled time of Marcus Ray Johnson's execution on Thursday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, Ga.   (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
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(Newser) – A man convicted of raping and killing a woman he met in a south Georgia nightclub has been executed. Corrections officials say Marcus Ray Johnson was put to death by lethal injection at 10:11pm Thursday. He was convicted in April 1998 in the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore. The 50-year-old's lawyers filed several last-minute appeals, but the US Supreme Court denied an application for a stay of execution. Johnson, who was denied a request for a final six-pack of beer, didn't eat his last meal or make a final public statement, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The execution took 27 minutes, which is "an unusually long time for a Georgia execution," the Journal-Constitution reports. (Read more Georgia stories.)

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