Judge delays Rayshawn Johnson sentencing

Rayshawn Johnson
Rayshawn Johnson

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County judge has delayed the sentencing of a man convicted of a murder in 1997.

Judge Ralph Winkler will sentence Rayshawn Johnson on Jan. 10.

A jury recommended the death penalty Johnson. He was convicted of beating Shanon Marks to death with a baseball bat.

Johnson has spent the last 14 years on death row after originally being sentenced to death for the crime. He was granted a new sentencing phase after an appeals court said his attorneys didn't fully investigate his abusive past.

Judge Ralph Winkler can either go with the jury's recommendation and sentence Johnson to the death penalty again, or he can give him life in prison. Winkler said Wednesday that he wanted more time to read the transcript from the first trial.

If Judge Winkler does order the death penalty, he will also set the execution date at the same time. However, that date will likely be delayed due to the lengthy appeals process.

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