Georgia board rejects female death row inmate's clemency bid

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 12:03 PM

By David Beasley

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia's parole board denied a request for clemency by the lone woman on the state's death row, just hours before her scheduled execution on Tuesday.

Kelly Gissendaner, 47, is to be put to death by injection at 7 p.m. EDT at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson.

The state's Board of Pardons and Paroles met Tuesday to decide whether its refusal earlier this year to commute Gissendaner's sentence to life in prison should stand.

In their latest application to the board, the inmate's lawyers emphasized Gissendaner's model behavior in prison and remorse for her role in plotting her husband's murder in 1997.

They also said her death sentence was inconsistent with her crime because she did not kill Douglas Gissendaner and was not present when he was stabbed to death.

The man who carried out the kidnapping and murder, Kelly Gissendaner's then-boyfriend Gregory Owen, received a life sentence.

(Reporting by David Beasley; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Bill Trott)