Only woman on Georgia’s death row hours from execution, granted clemency hearing

Kelly Gissendaner

Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row and scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. tonight, is granted a clemency hearing this morning.

Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 murder of her husband, Doug Gissendaner.

A parole board spokesman says it’s not uncommon for the board to hold a hearing.

The board has a few options after the hearing:

  1. They can deny clemency in the case
  2. Issue a stay of up to 90 days
  3. Grant clemency and commute the sentence to life with or without the possibility of parole

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