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Convicted murderer's appeal for new trial to be heard Thursday

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Nearly 20-years after a Lee County woman's brutal murder, a Dougherty County superior court judge is expected to decide Thursday if the man convicted of killing her will get a new trial.

Ray Johnson will be in the courtroom tomorrow for another evidentiary hearing in his appeal.

In 1998 Johnson was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of 34-year old Angela Sizemore.

She was raped and stabbed 41 times.

In October, 2012, one day before Johnson's scheduled execution, he was given a stay to allow new D-N-A tests on evidence.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said "I believe the judge is at the point where he is intending to make a final ruling. But we will be engaging in oral argument, further argument, about all of the evidence that has been reviewed, and then submit to the court to make a decision."

No matter how Judge Willie Lockette rules, there will likely be further appeals.

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