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James E. Donald
Albert R. Murray
Vice Chair
L. Gale Buckner
Robert E. Keller
Terry E. Barnard
News Release
For Immediate Release   Contact: Steve Hayes, Director
Public Affairs Office
Phone: (404) 657-9450
FAX: (404) 651-8502

Board Sets Clemency Appointment for Marcus Ray Johnson

September 27, 2011;

Atlanta, GA – The State Board of Pardons and Paroles has invited representatives for condemned inmate Marcus Ray
Johnson to meet with the Board on Monday, October 3, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., to advocate for clemency on his behalf.
Johnson is scheduled to die by lethal injection October 5, 2011, at 7 p.m., at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification
Prison in Jackson, Georgia.

On April 5, 1998, in the Superior Court of Dougherty County, Georgia, Marcus Ray Johnson was convicted of malice
murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, rape and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to death on the murder

The Board appointment is not open to the general public or to the media, but a photo opportunity will be afforded to
media prior to the start of the appointment. Media should check in with credentials by 8:30 a.m., in the Board’s Reception
Office at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive, East Tower, 4th Floor, Room 458. Media will be given an opportunity to wait
until the conclusion of the appointment to interview those seeking executive clemency for Johnson, should they choose to
grant interviews.

The Parole Board is the sole authority in Georgia for granting clemency to inmates. The Board may commute a death
sentence to life without parole, to life or deny clemency.

To view a photo of Marcus Ray Johnson, go to www.dcor.state.ga.us
Click on GDC Inmate Query, agree to the terms on the disclaimer page, and enter the offender’s
EF number: 391738.
For more information on the Parole Board, please visit our web site at www.pap.state.ga.us