New ex­e­cu­tion date set for only woman on Ge­or­gia’s death row

The Standard Journal - - POLICE/FIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — The Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions has set a new ex­e­cu­tion date for the only woman on the state’s death row.

The depart­ment said in a state­ment Mon­day that Com­mis­sioner Homer Bryson has set Kelly Re­nee Gis­sen­daner’s ex­e­cu­tion for Sept. 29 at the state prison in Jack­son. Gis­sen­daner would be the first woman to be ex­e­cuted in the state in seven decades.

Gis­sen­daner was con­victed of mur­der in the Fe­bru­ary 1997 slay­ing of her hus­band. Pros­e­cu­tors say she con­spired with her lover, who stabbed Dou­glas Gis­sen­daner to death.

Gis­sen­daner was pre­vi­ously sched­uled for ex­e­cu­tion in Fe­bru­ary, but that was de­layed be­cause of a threat of win­ter weather. Ex­e­cu­tion drugs proved cloudy and it was post­poned again af­ter March 2.

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