Family still waits, watches in death penalty murder case

Published: Jun. 17, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM EDT
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Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson
Angela Sizemore
Angela Sizemore
Crime scene photo from 1994
Crime scene photo from 1994

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia family of another victim continues to wait for justice, 20 years after a brutal murder. Angela Sizemore's family says they are still confident her killer will be executed.

In 1998 Ray Johnson was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of 34 year old Angela Sizemore. She was raped and stabbed 41 times. Her family has been waiting for Johnson's execution for 20 years.

"I think it's not fast enough," said Uncle Jack Sizemore, "but the end result, it looks like he will get his."

Cousin Jackie Sizemore says Angela was like a sister to him, and describes the years of court appeals and legal hearings as a roller coaster ride for the family.

"[We've been] Looking for closure for a long time. So it's getting closer," said Jackie Sizemore.

Tuesday night's scheduled execution gives the Sizemore family confidence that the death penalty will continue in the Peach State, and that Ray Johnson will not escape the ultimate penalty.

"Yea, that's what it does," said Jackie Sizemore. "It's a shame it takes so long but finally put this thing to rest."

Currently the court is waiting for another evidentiary hearing in Johnson's appeal, to give defense experts a chance to testify on new DNA evidence.

When asked if she ever had doubts that maybe she shouldn't have gone after the death penalty in this case, Jackie Sizemore said She hasn't. "I don't think anybody else has," she recalled.

"I don't think that really was ever considered, to settle," said James Sizemore. "The person needs his justice."

Meanwhile, Ray Johnson's next death penalty hearing will be a week from tomorrow, June 26th, at Dougherty County Superior Court.

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