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.