Tonight’s scheduled execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner has been rescheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. because of predicted winter weather.
The Department of Corrections, which carries out executions for Georgia, confirmed the change just hours before Gissendaner was to die even though the decision was made Tuesday night.
The news that Gissendaner execution had been pushed back was released more than two hours after the State Board of Pardons and Paroles announced it had rejected her application for clemency.
A press release from the board said it considered all the arguments and documentation in its review Tuesday.
Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 death of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner, and sentenced to death. She conspired with her former lover, Gregory Owen, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death. Owen is serving a life sentence with a possibility of parole after 25 years in prison.
Gissendaner’s appeal to the United States Supreme Court was denied October 6, 2014.
Gissendaner was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Her execution warrant says she is to be put to death between noon today and noon this coming Wednsday. If that deadline passes, a new execution warrant must be signed.
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