First Georgia woman in 70 years put to death for masterminding husband’s death

(Source: CBS 46)

The Georgia woman convicted of masterminding the death of her husband has been put to death. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was put to death by lethal ejection just before 12:30 Wednesday morning.

The United States Supreme Court denied a third appeal made by Gissendaner just minutes before her execution. She was the first woman executed by the state in 70 years.

Gissendaner’s execution was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

The 47-year-old was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband. She conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death.

The parole board’s members reviewed a second request from Gissendaner’s lawyers to reconsider their February decision denying clemency. They held a meeting Tuesday morning to gather additional information from Gissendaner supporters.

The board released a statement saying it was standing by its February decision denying clemency and did not give any reason.

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