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State holds clemency hearing for female death row inmate

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The Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole heard from friends and family of convicted killer Kelly Gissendaner Tuesday in advance of her scheduled Wednesday night execution.

Gissendaner's relatives were hoping to convince the board to call off her execution and prevent her from becoming the first woman put to death in Georgia since 1945.

Gissendaner was convicted in the 1997 murder of her husband, Douglas Gissendaner. The conviction was based on the fact that Kelly plotted the murder and had her then-boyfriend Greg Owen carry it out.

Owen testified against Gissendaner during the trial and is currently serving life in prison.

The Parole Board is the only entity in Georgia with the authority to reduce a death sentence to life without parole. They did not decide on Gissendaner's fate Tuesday, but a decision is expected Wednesday.

Gissendaner is set to be executed at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

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