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Death row inmate not allowed beer for last meal

Georgia death row inmate Marcus Ray Johnson is shown in this undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hold a clemency hearing Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, for Johnson who is set for execution Thursday. He was convicted in April 1998 in the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

Georgia death row inmate Marcus Ray Johnson is shown in this undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles plans to hold a clemency hearing Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, for Johnson who is set for execution Thursday. He was convicted in April 1998 in the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore. (AP Photo/Georgia Department of Corrections)

JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A death row inmate’s last meal request for a six pack of beer has been denied.

The Georgia Department of Corrections said in a news release that Marcus Ray Johnson’s request was denied because alcohol is a contraband item.

Instead, Johnson will receive the same meal as other inmates — baked fish, cheese grits, dry mixed beans, cole slaw, cornbread, cookies and fruit punch — before his execution. He is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson was convicted in the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore, a woman he’d met in a south Georgia nightclub.

Johnson’s attorneys argue he shouldn’t be executed because doubts remain about his guilt. Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says there is no doubt Johnson killed Sizemore.

 

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