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Only Female Death Row Inmate in Georgia Set for Execution

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Posted at 4:15 AM, Feb 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-25 04:15:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) — The only woman on Georgia's death row is set to be executed Wednesday.

Kelly Renee Gissendaner, who's 46, is set to die at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.

Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 slaying of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. Prosecutors said she plotted with her boyfriend, Gregory Owen, to kill her husband.

Owen pleaded guilty and received a life prison sentence. A jury convicted Gissendaner and sentenced her to death in 1998.

If the execution happens, she'll be the first woman executed in Georgia since 1945.

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles held a clemency hearing for Gissendaner Tuesday but didn't issue a decision. The board is the only entity in Georgia authorized to commute a death sentence to life in prison.