Ahead of Winter Storm, Georgia Delays Woman's Execution

Kelly Gissendaner mug shot
Posted at 4:28 AM, Feb 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-26 04:28:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - Ahead of a winter storm, Georgia has delayed the execution of its only female death row inmate.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner's execution had been scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Department of Corrections says in a statement that the execution is now set for Monday.

A department spokeswoman says the execution was rescheduled because of the winter weather and associated scheduling issues.

A storm is forecast to hit parts of Georgia on Wednesday afternoon, closing schools and offices and prompting warnings about roads.

Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the 1997 slaying of her husband. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend.

A jury convicted Gissendaner and sentenced her to death in 1998.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles on Wednesday denied Gissendaners request for clemency. The board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence to life in prison without parole.