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US to execute woman despite pope appeal

This photo obtained September 29, 2015 from the Georgia Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Kelly GissendanerThe US state of Georgia was set to execute its first woman in 70 years on Tuesday despite a last-minute appeal for clemency from Pope Francis. Kelly Gissendaner, 47, was to die by lethal injection at 2300 GMT after the state parole board denied the request earlier Tuesday, spokesman Steve Hayes told reporters. Convicted in 1998 of conspiring with her lover to kill her husband, Gissendaner is the only woman on death row in the southern state of Georgia.

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