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Murder victim's daughter will attend execution

Katie Barker Katie Barker
Angela Sizemore was killed in March 1994. Angela Sizemore was killed in March 1994.
Johnson in court Johnson in court
D. A. Greg Edwards D. A. Greg Edwards

Marcus Ray Johnson is now scheduled to be executed at 7:00 Thursday night at the prison in Jackson, for the 1994 brutal murder of Lee County single mother Angela Sizemore.  He was sentenced to death in 1998 after his trial.

Katie Barker was only four when her mother was murdered.  In a Skype interview from her home in Chattanooga she said plans to be at the prison Thursday to support her other family members who will witness the execution. But says she is not sure if she, herself, will watch.

Katie Barker for almost a decade has attended most of Ray Johnson's death sentence hearings, sitting just feet from the man convicted of stabbing her mother 41 times, brutally murdering her. "I believe in my heart that it's time for justice. He will never own up to his actions. He will never be sorry."

Now 21 years after her mother's death, Barker says she will continue to be there for every step. "We will be at the hearings and we will be at the prison when it takes place.  Because someone has got to step up for my mom. Someone's got to make sure that she gets the justice she is supposed to get."

Barker says she will support her family members who will witness the execution, but still has not decided if she will watch. "This is something that has been leading up for 20 something years. Basically my whole life.  So, for it to finally come to pass, is just a lot to take in."

Barker says she has no doubts about Ray Johnson's guilt, and that it's time for him to face justice. She said she has been in contact with Ray Johnson's family, including his daughter, who is close to her age.  

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