Kelly Renee Gissendaner has been denied her third appeal for a stay of execution by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gissendaner was supposed to be executed at 7 p.m. EST so it is evident her lawyers successfully delayed her death.
According to CNN, despite being denied at the Supreme Court level, her time to receive the lethal injection has expired. It is unclear when her execution will be rescheduled.
Gissendaner, age 47, is on death row because she was having an affair, and convinced her lover to murder her husband in 1997.
The death row inmate’s children pleaded for her stay. In addition, Pope Francis wrote a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court asking for a stay of execution. If executed, she will be Georgia’s first female inmate to receive the lethal injection in 70 years.
The request for an additional 24 hours from her children to spend time with their mother before her death was denied.
The Pope’s plea for a stay of execution may have been ignored or not viewed. The board’s spokesman refused to comment on the letter from Pope Francis.
The Pope has spoken up for others on the execution process without success.
By Jeanette Smith
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