Wednesday 25 April 2018

Woman facing execution gets five day reprieve because of bad weather

Kelly Gissendaner
Kelly Gissendaner

Independent.ie News Desk

A woman on death row in the United States was given another five days to live courtesy of the weather.

Kelly Gissendaner was due to be executed by lethal injection at 7pm on Wednesday for plotting to kill her husband in 1997.

Just hours before she was due to die, the authorities in Georgia announced that the execution would be postponed because of a looming winter storm due to envelop the north of the state.

Ms Gissendaner had already selected her final meal – two Burger King Whoppers with cheese, two large orders of fries, popcorn, cornbread, a side of buttermilk and a salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots, cheese, boiled eggs and Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.

Shortly before the stay of execution, Ms Gissendaner's appeal for clemency had been rejected.

In it, she apologised to her children and to her late husband’s family.

“There are no excuses for what I did. I am fully responsible for my role in my husband's murder,” she said.

“I had become so self-centred and bitter about my life and who I had become, that I lost all judgment.”

Gissendaner’s death sentence is now due to be carried out on Monday evening.

Her death will be the first time in 70 years that Georgia has carried out an execution on a female prisoner.

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