Supreme Court denies requests to stop Georgia’s planned execution of Kelly Gissendaner
The only woman on Georgia’s death row was scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday night after a state parole board rejected her last-ditch request for clemency, but Kelly Gissendaner’s execution was delayed for several hours by a series of unsuccessful appeals. By late Tuesday night, the U.S. Supreme Court had denied three separate requests to stay Gissendaner’s execution, and it was unclear if she could mount any other legal challenges.
Gissendaner, who was convicted of convincing her boyfriend to murder her husband, would be the first woman executed in Georgia since World War II. Her execution had been scheduled for 7 p.m., but as that time arrived she still had appeals pending, so her lethal injection was indefinitely delayed.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the U.S. Supreme Court said it had denied a request to stay her execution. The justices offered no explanation for the denial, while Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she would have stayed the execution. The Supreme Court also rejected a second stay request shortly before 10:45 p.m., and Gissendaner’s attorneys quickly filed a third request for a stay, which was rejected at about 11:30 p.m.