First woman to be executed in 70 years in Georgia seeks clemency

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JACKSON, Georgia – The only woman on death row in the state of Georgia will become the first female to be executed in 70 years in the state Monday unless the U.S. Supreme Court or the state parole board steps in with a last-minute reprieve.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, 46, is scheduled to die by injection of pentobarbital at 7 p.m. (0GMT) at the state prison in Jackson for the February 1997 murder of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner.

The courts found she plotted the stabbing death of her husband by her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, who will be up for parole in eight years after accepting a life sentence and testifying against her.

READ MORE: States consider firing squads, gas chambers after botched injections

Gissendaner would be only the 16th American woman put to death since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the death penalty to resume in 1976. About 1,400 men have…

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