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Execution of Georgia woman postponed; problem with drug

In this July 6, 2004, photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner’s lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband.
In this July 6, 2004, photo, Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row, peers through the slot in her cell door as a guard brings her a cup of ice at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Gissendaner’s lawyers, on Monday, March 2, 2015, asked the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles to reconsider her request to have her sentence changed to life in prison. Gissendaner, 46, is set for execution at 7 p.m. (0200 GMT) at the state prison. Gissendaner was convicted of murder in the February 1997 stabbing death of her husband. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Corrections officials have postponed Georgia’s first execution of a woman in 70 years, citing problems with the lone drug that would be used for the lethal injection.

The only drug used in Georgia executions is pentobarbital.

Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gwendolyn Hogan said late Monday that the drug appeared cloudy so officials called a pharmacist and then out of an “abundance of caution” decided to postpone the execution. They did not give a new date.

The execution was first scheduled for 7 p.m. at the prison in Jackson. It was put on hold pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a request for a stay filed by 46-year-old Kelly Renee Gissendaner’s lawyers. The court had still not ruled more than four hours later.

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