She is the first woman to be executed in Georgia in 70 years – but the man who killed her husband will spend his life in prison.
Despite multiple appeals, pleas from her children and a letter from the Vatican, Kelly Renee Gissendaner was executed on Wednesday at 12:21am EDT, in Georgia Diagnostic and Classification prison in Jackson, USA. After a five-hour delay, she was administered a lethal injection for her role in the murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner.
According to The Guardian, Gissendaner was convicted of conspiring with her boyfriend Greg Owen to have her husband killed.
In February 1997, Owen ambushed Doug Gissendaner, forcing him to drive to a remote area before stabbing him to death. Owen and Kelly Gissendaner then met up in order to burn the vehicle.