ATLANTA -- (WGCL/AP) -- By Mandi Milligan -- Kelly Gissendaner was executed early Wednesday morning after a five hour delay due to several failed appeals with the U.S. and Georgia Supreme Court.
Gissendaner was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection Tuesday at 7 p.m., but remained alive through midnight due to the appeals. She was executed shortly after midnight.
It was announced Tuesday afternoon that the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles decision on February 25, denying clemency, would stand. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court and Georgia Supreme Court denied her application for a stay of execution. However, additional appeals were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the third of which was denied late Tuesday night. It was the multiple requests for appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court that caused the delay Tuesday night.
Gissendaner was executed at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification State Prison in Jackson, Ga., which is about 48 miles southeast of Atlanta.