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Georgia executes only woman on state's death row
Kelly Renee Gissendaner pronounced dead at 12:21 a.m.
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A Department of Corrections officer directs traffic as protesters gather outside of Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, Ga., Tuesday, before the execution of Kelly Gissendaner. Gissendaner, 47, was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband. She conspired with her lover, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death. - photo by Associated Press

Georgia has executed its only female death row inmate.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday at the state prison in Jackson.

Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband. She was the first woman to be executed in Georgia since 1945.

Owen, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death, pleaded guilty and testified against Kelly Gissendaner. He's serving life in prison and becomes eligible for parole in 2022.

Gissendaner was originally set for execution on Feb. 25, but that was delayed because of winter weather. It was reset for March 2, but corrections officials postponed that execution "out of an abundance of caution" because the execution drug appeared "cloudy."

 

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