Despite appeals from activists across the country, and even the Pope, Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate from Georgia has become the first woman to be put to death in the southern US state in over 70 years.
Lawyers are said to have filed around three appeals, some of which were said to have been placed a matter of hours before Gissendaner’s death. Pope Francis, who recently toured the US, used his visit to urge the state to reconsider the verdict.
The Georgian woman is said to have planned, but not carried out the murder of her then husband, Douglas Gissendaner, in 1997. She was killed by a lethal injection at approximately 12:21am local time on Wednesday.
Her former lover, Gregory Owen, is currently serving life in prison for the murder.