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Statement of Governor Jack A. Markell Following the Execution of Shannon Johnson


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"The State of Delaware this morning carried out the sentence imposed for Shannon Johnson's brutal murder of Cameron Hamelin. Mr. Johnson's death sentence was recommended unanimously by a jury, imposed by a judge, and reviewed thoroughly on appeal. Mr. Johnson's decision to forgo further challenges to his sentence was extensively reviewed by the Superior Court, and the Third Circuit agreed tonight that it had "no reason to question the Delaware Superior Court's conclusion" that Mr. Johnson voluntarily and competently made that decision. The Third Circuit's decision put an end to further federal challenges to the sentence. Our thoughts tonight are with the Hamlin family, Lakeisha Truitt and her family, and all of those who have suffered from Mr. Johnson's callous crimes. May God rest his soul."

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