Death row inmate sends clemency letter

Death row inmate sends clemency letter

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Court officials received a filing through the Clerk's office, reportedly from Ray Johnson himself, asking for a stop to his execution this week.

The letter looks like a court filing, signed by the 50 year Johnson from death row at the Jackson Prison where he is being held.. The letter states that Johnson is requesting the court stop his execution because he was one,  unlawfully denied justice.

He also says an execution would take away his constitutionally protected private rights, and he had been falsely identified as the person who killed Angela Sizemore.

District Attorney Greg Edwards said he would file a motion that the letter is not admissible, since it's not from his lawyer.

"Any defendant can file matters because if the defendant hires a lawyer or retains a lawyer and then files his own documents, that leads to confusion," said the D. A.

Edwards said he would forward this filing to Chief Judge Willie Lockette as soon as possible.

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