Georgia executed Marcus Ray Johnson, 50, Thursday night for the 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore, 26, whom he met at a bar in Albany, Ga., reports AJC.com. It was the fourth execution in Georgia this year and is expected to be quickly followed by six more over the next few weeks and months as issues around the lethal injection drug have been resolved and an aging death row population exhausts appeals. Johnson made no final statement, did not look at the witnesses, and declined when asked if he would like a prayer.
It was the 27th execution in the U.S. this year and the second this week. On Wednesday, Raphael Holiday, 36, was executed in Texas for setting a fire that killed his toddler daughter and her two young half-sisters at an East Texas home 15 years ago. The Washington Post notes that the execution total this year is the lowest in nearly a quarter of a century, as states like Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio, Florida and others have postponed or scrapped executions due to court challenges, an ongoing drug shortage and other issues.