Execution Of US Woman Delayed Over Lethal Drug

Georgia has postponed its first execution of a woman for 70 years citing problems with the lethal injection drug.

The state’s department of corrections said it delayed carrying out the death sentence out of an “abundance of caution” after the drug, pentobarbital, was seen to to have a cloudy appearance.

No new date for the execution was given.

Kelly Renee Gissendanerhad been due to be executed on Monday evening at the prison in Jackson but this had been put on hold for a ruling by the US Supreme Court to either grant or reject a stay requested by her lawyers.

She was found guilty of murder for plotting the 1997 killing of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner.

According to prosecutors, she convinced her lover, Gregory Owen, to murder Gissendaner, who was stabbed to death in a desolate area of suburban Atlanta after being abducted from his home.

Owen pleaded guilty and received a life prison sentence.

Gissendaner is the only woman on Georgia’s death row and would be the first woman executed in the state for 70 years.

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3 March 2015 | 6:31 am – Source: orange.co.uk


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