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Former Dougherty D.A. speaks out on Johnson execution date

Ray Johnson, set to be executed on November 19th Ray Johnson, set to be executed on November 19th
Ken Hodges, Former Dougherty County District Attorney Ken Hodges, Former Dougherty County District Attorney
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The former Dougherty County District Attorney says it's time for a killer who's been on death row for nearly 20 years to be executed.

The state set November 19th as the execution date for Ray Johnson.
 In 1998, he was convicted of the brutal 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore.
 Former Dougherty County District Attorney, Ken Hodges, says when he took office in 1997 there were 8 pending death penalty cases and Johnson's was one of the most horrific.

"There was DNA evidence, there were eyewitnesses and there was a partial confession as to what occurred and so it's clear who committed this and it's time for justice to be had,” said Ken Hodges, Former Dougherty County District Attorney.

In 2011, a day before Johnson was supposed to be executed he was granted a stay so new DNA testing could be done on evidence.
After years of hearings on those issues a judge in April denied Johnson's request for a new trial.
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld that ruling.   

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