Ga. To Execute First Woman In Decades
Georgia hasn't executed a woman since 1945, but that will change Wednesday with the execution of Kelly Renee Gissendaner.By Christina Hartman | February 25, 2015
Kelly Renee Gissendaner is the only woman on death row in the state of Georgia. She'll soon become the first woman to be executed there since 1945.
Men make up the overwhelming majority of prisoners on death row. According to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, women made up less than 2 percent of the U.S. death row population as recently as fall 2014. (Video via National Geographic)
Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 murder of her husband. Prosecutors say she recruited her boyfriend, Gregory Bruce Owen, to kill him. Owen testified against Gissendaner in a plea deal.