Georgia Woman Executed

by ARIANA GOMEZ

Staff Writer

Kelly Gissendaner, the first female executed in Georgia in 70 years, was killed by lethal injection on Wednesday morning at 12:21 am. However, she was originally scheduled to be executed at 7 pm on Tuesday, but her lawyers filed appeals to the courts to try and save her life. The state and Gissendaner’s lawyers have been fighting over whether or not to execute her since she assisted in the murder of her husband in 1997. Kelly had been cheating on her husband, Doug Gissendaner, and figured if she divorced him, he would not leave her alone. This happened  in 1993, and the couple ended up remarrying in 1995. Kelly Gissendaner decided there was only one option, and that was to get rid of her husband. She planned out the murder, and convinced Gregory Owen, the man that she was cheating on her husband with, to kill her husband so they could be together. Owen waited one night at the Gissendaner home with a plan and weapons given to him by Kelly. She went out with friends and expected her husband to be home soon. Gregory Owen forced Doug at knife point into a car, and took him out in the woods and proceeded to beat him with a nightstick and stabbed him in the neck eight to ten times. Doug Owen is serving a life sentence and will become eligible for parole in 2022. Kelly Gissendaner was previously scheduled for her execution on February 25th, but it was postponed to March because of the weather, and in March, it was postponed again because the injection drug appeared “cloudy”.  Throughout the entire process, it was a constant battle between life and death with multiple appeals, as well as a heart-wrenching video made by her kids. Kelly Gissendaner’s last meal was cornbread with a side of buttermilk, two Burger King Whoppers with cheese and all the toppings, two large orders of French fries, cherry vanilla ice cream, popcorn and lemonade, a salad with boiled eggs, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, carrots and cheese with Paul Newman buttermilk dressing.

 

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