Georgia has executed Kelly Renee Gissendaner with a fatal injection for the slaying of her husband, despite pleas for clemency from their children and from Pope Francis. The Pope also called on Congress last week to abolish the death penalty. Gissendaner, 47, died by injection of pentobarbital at 12:21am EDT on Wednesday. Before dying, she wept as she said she loved her children and apologized to the family of her husband Douglas Gissendaner. Kelly, 47, was convicted for convincing her lover Gregory Owen to kill her husband. All three of Gissendaner’s children had requested clemency, citing a spiritual reformation in their mother, an account corroborated by Gissendaner’s fellow inmates. Georgia had not executed someone who didn’t directly carry out a killing since Georgia’s death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
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