Execution warrant set for Kelly Gissendaner

posted Feb 9, 2015, 1:29 PM by GFADP staff

Hi all,

I’m very sorry to share that an execution warrant has been issued for Kelly Gissendaner, the only woman on Georgia’s death row.

We are reaching out to  her attorneys and will be back in touch with more details.

-Kathryn on behalf of GFADP


Georgia sets execution date for woman

Updated: 3:35 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015  |  Posted: 3:11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

By Rhonda Cook - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Gwinnett County judge on Monday signed an order setting the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner for the end of this month, making it possible she will be the first woman Georgia has put to death since 1945.

The execution warrant sets the window for Gissendaner’s lethal injection for the week that starts with Feb. 25. The Department of Corrections sets the specific time, usually at 7 p.m. on the first day that a judge has set aside for the execution to be carried out.

Gissendaner was convicted to persuading her boyfriend to murder her husband, Douglas, in 1997. The killer, Gregory Owen, helped the district attorney with its case against Gissendaner. In exchange, prosecutors did not seek the death penalty against him.

Owen is serving life in prison.

Lena Baker, 44, was electrocuted on March 5, 1945. Georgia has put to death fewer that 10 women, all but Baker in the 1800s.

Baker, a black maid, was covicted of murder by an all-white jury in a one-day trial even though she said she whot her boss in self defense. She said Ernest Knight, a white man, had imprisoned and threatened to shoot her should she try to leave. She shot him with his own gun.

The state pardoned her in 2005.