ATLANTA (AP) — One day before she’s set to be executed, lawyers for the only woman on Georgia’s death row will appear in court to argue that her life should be spared.
The hearing is set for Monday morning in a federal courtroom in Atlanta. Attorneys for 47-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner want Tuesday night’s planned execution halted over concerns about lethal injection drugs the state plans to use.
If the execution happens, Gissendaner will be the first woman executed by the state in 70 years.
Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. Prosecutors said she conspired with her lover, Gregory Owen, who stabbed Douglas Gissendaner to death. Owen, who took a plea deal and testified against Gissendaner, is serving a prison sentence.