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Man on death row barred from having a six-pack of beer with his last meal

“His request was declined as alcohol is a contraband item…”

0000240908 Marcus Ray Johnson Source: Georgia Dept of Corrections

A DEATH ROW inmate’s last meal request for a six-pack of beer has been denied.

The Department of Corrections in the US state of Georgia said in a statement this week that Marcus Ray Johnson’s request was denied because alcohol is contraband.

Johnson requested a last meal consisting of a six pack of beer. His request was declined as alcohol is a contraband item…

Instead, the statement continued, he will be receiving the same meal as other condemned inmates:

Baked fish portions, cheese grits, dry mixed beans, cole slaw, cornbread, crisp drop cookies and fruit punch.

He is scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 pm Thursday (midnight Irish time).

Johnson, 50, was convicted of the March 1994 rape and murder of Angela Sizemore, a woman he’d met in a south Georgia nightclub.

He was been on death row since March 1998.

His lawyers have argued he shouldn’t be executed because doubts remain about his guilt.

However, Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards says there is no doubt that Johnson killed Sizemore.

Contains reporting by the Associated Press.

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