Newly Discovered Evidence in Marcus Ray Johnson's case

posted Oct 3, 2011, 7:20 AM by Kathryn Hamoudah   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 8:29 AM by GFADP staff ]

As you all know, Marcus Ray Johnson is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 7pm.
Last week Police in Albany, Georgia discovered a box with new, never-before-seen biological evidence that could allow DNA testing. Lawyers for Johnson filed "an Extraordinary Motion for New Trial Based on New Evidence Produced by Albany Police Department" on Friday.
Today, a DNA expert will testify before the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles about the new box of evidence, and how new DNA tests could identify the perpetrator. A Forensic Pathologist will also testify that the pocket knife depicted as the murder weapon at trail did not test positive for blood, and does not match the wounds.
Tomorrow, lawyers for Johnson will make their case for the evidence to be tested at a hearing in Dougherty County Superior Court at 9:00 am.
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that our criminal justice system is not devoid of error and we now know that 138 individuals have been released from death rows across the United States due to wrongful conviction since 1976.
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We will keep you updated on any new developments.