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Georgia Mom Executed by Lethal Injection

A mom in Georgia was executed early Wednesday morning, leaving behind 3 children. According to CNN, Kelly Gissendaner was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 1998 for her role in the murder of her husband, making history as the state's only female death row inmate. She was the first female to be executed in the state of Georgia in 70 years.

In 1997, she convinced her boyfriend Gregory Owen to kill her husband. Owen carried out her wishes and after being captured for the crime, testified against Gissendaner. He was sentenced to life in prison but was spared the death penalty. In 1998, Gissendaner was sentenced to death for orchestrating her husband's murder.

The execution was scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. but was delayed by 5 hours due to appeals filed by lawyers to state and federal courts as a last ditch effort to try to spare her life.

Her 3 children were given the option to see their mother one last time but instead chose to spend their mother's final day on earth making an appeal in front of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

"We chose to try and save her life, and they still denied us," daughter Kayla Gissendaner said outside the state's execution facility in Jackson.

Numerous appeals by her 3 children, attorneys and even Pope Francis could not halt her sentence being carried out. In an effort to sway the federal courts, Pope Francis wrote a personal letter.

"While not wishing to minimize the gravity of the crime for which Ms. Gissendaner has been convicted, and while sympathizing with the victims, I nonetheless implore you, in consideration of the reasons that have been presented to your Board, to commute the sentence to one that would better express both justice and mercy," the letter read.

The Gwinnett Daily Post reported Gissendaner sang "Amazing Grace" as she was executed.

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